The tragic death of Troy Causey, a top basketball recruit in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, has continued its destructive force apace. Not only did Causey’s beating death led to murder charges being filed against his former roommate and fellow top recruit Johnathan Turner, it also led to the suspension of coaches at both the teams the teens played for and, now, to the removal of two state titles that Turner helped his Dallas Madison High win while he competed there.
As reported by our Gannett Dallas-Fort Worth partner and ABC affiliate WFAA, Texas’ University Interscholastic League will strip Madison of the Class 3A state crowns that it won in 2013 and 2014 because Turner competed as part of the squad without living in its district. The house that Turner lived in with Causey was in South Dallas, far from his family’s main residence. The illicit move made him appear eligible to play for Madison, and Causey utilized a similar scheme to gain eligibility to compete for Wilmer Hutchins High.
The back-to-back forfeits will revert to that year’s runners-up. In both 2013 and 2014 that was Houston powerhouse Yates, which will have earned three-straight Class 3A crowns should the shift in title credit be made.
In the meantime, Turner remains in jail and no state title or other accolade will help him come to grips with where he is, and what happened between himself and his former roommate.