A Calif. HS coach intentionally played ineligible player
The Long Beach Poly (Calif.) boys basketball team had plenty of motivation heading into Tuesday’s regional semifinal game at Mater Dei. A win would’ve put the Jackrabbits in Saturday’s Southern California Regional final and given Long Beach Poly fans their first glimpse of junior guard Kameron Chatman, whose year-long suspension was set to expire before that game.
But Poly lost Tuesday, 83-63, and the program could be in line to lose much more after coach Sharrief Metoyer put Chatman in the game with 1:12 remaining.
“An unfair situation happened to a young man who had nothing to do with it and at some point somebody had to make a statement, and I want people to know how unfair it was,” Metoyer told Max Preps. “At the end of the day the game of basketball means nothing. We are in the business of helping kids and when you treat a kid as unfairly as they treated him and you’re not consistent with enforcement of rules, somebody has to stand up.”
Chatman, who is Metoyer’s godson, was suspended for a year for violating a CIF Southern Section rule that prohibits a player from transferring to school to follow his travel team coach. Poly and Metoyer desperately wanted to give Chatman a chance to play this season and the Jackrabbits warmed up in T-shirts that read “#FREEKAM.”
Metoyer’s decision to free Kam prematurely could bring repercussions.
The Long Beach Gazette cited CIFSS rule 500.5, which gives the CIF Southern Section the authority to suspend Poly.
“Any school knowingly or unknowingly violating the rule may be suspended from membership in the CIF Southern Section. Such a school shall not be eligible to compete in any contest or event under the jurisdiction of the CIF Southern Section until such time as it is reinstated by the Council or the Executive Committee of the CIF Southern Section. Such suspension shall become effective immediately upon the determination by the Council or the Executive Committee of the CIF Southern Section which shall have the authority to act upon all questions of eligibility and suspension, arising therefrom, whether or not a formal protest has been filed.”
Thanks to Max Preps for the heads up.