FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2014, file photo, Oneonta's Abby Blackwood, left, shoots over Charles Henderson's Maori Davenport in a girls' Class 4A state basketball semifinal, in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama high school officials are defending the season-long suspension of a top girls basketball player over money she received from USA Basketball.
Charles Henderson High School senior and Rutgers signee Maori Davenport was ruled ineligible this season on Nov. 30 after receiving an $857.20 check from USA Basketball for "lost wages". She represented the organization in a tournament in Mexico City over the summer.(AP Photo/Hal Yeager, File)

Alabama lawmakers urge prep officials to reinstate player

January 08, 2019 - 12:54 pm

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Suspended prep basketball player Maori Davenport has addressed Alabama's Republican and Democratic caucuses about her situation.

Davenport and her parents visited the Statehouse Tuesday and several lawmakers have urged the Alabama High School Athletic Association to reinstate the player. USA Basketball gave her an $857.20 check for "lost wages" after she played for the team in a tournament last summer.

Davenport is a senior at Charles Henderson High School in Troy, Alabama, and a Rutgers signee who was suspended for her final season by state high school officials after playing for USA Basketball last summer.

The money from USA Basketball inadvertently violated AHSAA's amateur rule. USA Basketball reported the payment a few months later and Davenport's family repaid the money.

Davenport said Tuesday: "I don't think that I did anything wrong."

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