There was little news to report about a lawsuit filed against the Louisiana High School Athletic Association on behalf of nine Capitol High football players by the Recovery School District through the Louisiana Department of Education late Thursday.
Though a court date looms either Tuesday or Wednesday, the LHSAA still had not been served with papers on the lawsuit as of its Friday afternoon closing time.
“As of now, we have not received anything on it (lawsuit) yet,” LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson said.
The suit seeks to reverse the LHSAA’s decision to bar nine Capitol players from rejoining the team. It was filed at 4:32 p.m. Thursday with the 19th Judicial District Clerk’s Office. It was signed by attorney Troy Anthony Humphrey for the Department of Education and state Rep. Michael L. Jackson, attorney for the student-athletes.
Thursday’s lawsuit came after an LHSAA hardship committee voted 4-1 on Wednesday to deny a hardship ruling for eligibility to the players, who left Capitol during the 2010-11 school year amid rumors that the school would close.
The student-athletes chose to return to the school after it was re-organized and taken over by the Recovery School District. The LHSAA ruled that the players were ineligible because they broke their chain of attendance at Capitol.
However, District Judge Janice Clark, the duty judge, signed a temporary restraining order against the LHSAA shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday, which allowed the nine players to participate in a 52-6 loss to archrival McKinley High.
Clark later said she also scheduled a hearing for Tuesday on the plaintiffs’ request for preliminary and permanent injunctions against the LHSAA. The judge said that hearing may continue Wednesday.
Jamar Robertson, Travis Hebert, Jonathan Banks, Christopher Williams, Joshua Claverie, Carl Carney, Javonta Rogers, D’Vondre Sullivan and D’Aunte Sullivan are the players involved.
Capitol Principal Onetha Albert said the school’s role in the lawsuit will be to provide information for both sides.
“This lawsuit was filed by the Recovery School District, and I hope we can provide both sides with whatever information they need,” Albert said. “My hope is that both sides keep the best interests of the students in mind and not make this a territorial thing.
“Our goal this year at Capitol is to put our students in a situation to succeed in every facet of the high school experience. Athletics is part of that experience.”