Alabama judge allows Maori Davenport to play high school basketball as court considers lawsuit - USA TODAY
USA Today - Fri 11 Jan 20:55 GMT

Alabama judge allows Maori Davenport to play high school basketball as court considers lawsuit - USA TODAY

Judge is allowing Maori Davenport to play HS basketball as court considers lawsuit filed by parents against Alabama high school athletic association.

  An Alabama judge granted an emergency motion Friday that will allow Maori Davenport to play while the court considers a lawsuit filed by her parents against the Alabama High School Athletic Association and its director, Steve Savarese.

  The motion will allow Davenport, who had been ruled ineligible thus far this season, to return to the court for Charles Henderson (Ala.) High School's game against Carroll High School on Friday night, according to her family's lawyer, Carl Cole.

  The news came less than 24 hours after Davenport's parents filed a lawsuit in Pike County Circuit Court on Thursday, marking the latest twist in a story that has garnered national headlines in recent weeks.

  According to the complaint, which was obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Friday morning, Davenport's parents are seeking an order from the court declaring the senior basketball player eligible for the rest of the year and an injunction that would invalidate any future attempts to bar her from competing.

  ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas has been among the most vocal critics of the AHSAA's decision, calling it "a travesty" and adding that Davenport "did absolutely nothing wrong."