As former athletes, many of us can identify with having some regret about how a game or a team experience went in high school, and some times wishing we could do all over again.
One Memphis, Tenn man took that one step further, and cost a whole school. CBS News 3 in Memphis, is reporting that an adult man used a fake transcript to enroll at Ridgeway High School.
Reports state that the man already had a GED and enrolled at the school only to play basketball. The man who was living out his dreams of playing high school basketball, has cost Ridgeway all their wins, and a number 3 state ranking.
“There was a 22-year old who falsified his documents and they got disqualified from everything and a lot of players getting scouted got screwed over”, said student Carlos Delgado.
Sources have verified that the man was a former gang member in New Orleans and his wife signed papers saying she was his guardian.
Parents of course are outraged.
“It’s absurd the administration has failed. They’re not keeping the kids safe. They’re not doing checks and balances” said Adrian Jones, a parent of a child at Ridgeway.
Memphis City School District (MCS) released the following statement on the matter as well.
In a statement, MCS commented: “It has come to our attention that an ineligible player played in the closing minutes of the Region 8-AAA semi-finals against Whitehaven High School. Ridgeway High School reported this information to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA). Ridgeway
HS has forfeited that game and has been removed from the tournament playoffs.”
Last week their assistant coach was found dead, killed in his home, and a week before that, a brawl got most of the team benched for a game.