News and analysis -- Maori Davenport fights to return to the basketball court
On Nov. 30, 2018, the Alabama High School Athletic Association ruled Maori Davenport ineligible to play her senior season of basketball at Charles Henderson High School in Troy, Alabama. Davenport had spent part of her summer leading the United States to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Mexico City. USA Basketball sent every member of that team a stipend check, and the organization has acknowledged failing to check with AHSAA prior to sending money to Davenport.
Davenport deposited the check, for $857.20. When USA Basketball realized its mistake, it contacted the Davenports on Nov. 26, and the family sent the money back on Nov. 28. The AHSAA determined Davenport broke its amateurism rules, which allow for a maximum payment of $250.
Davenport has been fighting to play since. Here are some key developments.
Jan. 3, 2019: Maori Davenport on her lost senior season
Jan. 5, 2019: Jay Bilas: Davenport ruling a 'travesty'
This is ridiculous. Cmon AHSAA �� https://t.co/GdOP1mQkLz- Sue Bird (@S10Bird) January 5, 2019
Jan. 7, 2019: AHSAA defends Davenport suspension
Jan. 8, 2019: Davenports appear on "Good Morning America"
Jan. 8, 2019: Billie Jean King, Kobe Bryant speak up for Davenport
This #MaoriDavenport situation is just about the most ridiculous thing I've heard in youth basketball. Let her play!- Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 11, 2019
Jan. 10, 2019: Davenports file lawsuit against Savarese, AHSAA
Jan. 11, 2019: USA coach Jeff Walz calls suspension "terrible"
Jan. 11, 2019: Judge issues temporary restraining order
Jan. 11, 2019: Davenport scores 25 points in return to court
Jan. 11, 2019: Davenport: "Tonight was very special"
Jan. 11, 2019: Applause for Davenport across the country
So happy & proud that you handled everything with class & dignity @maori_andreece. You are a credit to all young people who aspire to do good things. You are nothing but a class act. Good things will come your way ��������- C. Vivian Stringer (@cvivianstringer) January 12, 2019
Thank you @JayBilas @BillieJeanKing @kobebryant @CStiffESPN https://t.co/r7oPaa9Sxf
Jan. 11, 2019: Davenport's return in photos
Jan. 15, 2019: The inside story of Davenport's return
Jan. 17, 2019: Davenport excluded from McDonald's nominees