FLORISSANT, Mo. – A McCluer North football player has been reinstated after a month long suspension. NewsChannel 5’s Art Holliday tells us why the player’s mother is far from satisfied.
The mother of Ricky Barfield says her son was suspended four weeks from the football team because police questioned him about a June burglary, but never charged him. And she doesn’t think that’s fair.
“My son has been devastated by this,” said Larria Miller, Ricky’s mother. “Colleges have been looking at him, coming to see him and wanting to know why he’s not in the game.”
According to Miller, police questioned her son on September 15 about a burglary. Police released her son but never charged him. But the date of the alleged burglary, June 17, was the date her son was an honorary pallbearer at her brother’s funeral.
“The police took him and questioned him and he was released,” Miller said. “The next day the athletic director called me and told me he could no longer play in any games.”
The Ferguson Florissant School District said it was following the bylaws of the Missouri State High School Athletic Association:
“A student who commits an act for which charges may be or have been filed by law enforcement authorities shall not be eligible until all proceedings with the legal system have been concluded…”
At a Monday morning meeting, the school district ruled Barfield could play again because he was never charged.
Spanish Lake Committeeman Tony Weaver, who attended the meeting, said his biggest concern was the time table.
“…Why did it take four weeks to rectify this problem? Np one at the table could answer that question,” Weaver said.
“They assumed he was involved in a burglary but he was not. They did not charge him with anything and they denied him from playing football here in the school district.”
Meanwhile, the Ferguson Florissant School District declined an on-camera interview. The Missouri State High School Athletic Association said its bylaws involving student athletes and law enforcement was designed to provide an incentive for students to avoid poor decisions.
McCluer North’s final regular season game is Friday at Lafayette.