Coy Sheppard says he just wants to kick the ball Friday and help his Mendenhall High School football team win.
And he's hoping his coach doesn't reverse field and keep him from dressing out.
Sheppard is practicing with the team this week in preparation for Friday's game against the St. Stanislaus Rockachaws in the third round of the state playoffs. The winner advances to the state semifinals.
The Sheppards sued the school district earlier this month to protest his dismissal from the team. According to the lawsuit, Mendenhall coach Chris Peterson dismissed Sheppard after he wore pink cleats to the Oct. 8 football game and Oct. 11 practice.
Peterson told Sheppard he could not dress out for Friday's game because he had missed too many practices, Diaz said.
Quarterback Arlandas Johnson, who has also been kicking in Sheppard's absence, was injured last week, and it's unclear whether he will be able to play Friday.
Joanne Sheppard said her son just wants to be able to play before his senior year season ends.
Diaz said the original lawsuit had not been dismissed because they were waiting to see whether Coy Sheppard would be "fully reinstated" as the agreement said.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Silliness Continues
The implied threat to the Coach is you better play this guy at Friday's game or else the lawsuit will happen. As we have warned, we are now litigating the decisions coaches make in football. Parents, forget screaming at the coach, just hire a lawyer instead.