Detroit King gets a reprieve rather than Black Eye

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The controversial decision by the Detroit Public Schools to suspend Detroit King following their post-game fight with Detroit Cody on last Friday has been reversed.

Initially, the Detroit King players had been suspended for the game, suspended 3 days from school and made to forfeit the City Championship game scheduled for this Friday. Cody players have been suspended 3 days from school, suspended from their last game(which ends their season) and their coaching staff indefinitely suspended. It has been well documented that Cody appeared to be the aggressor and instigator in the fight.

Emergency Financial Manager Darnell Earley had the final say and rescinded the suspension of the entire King football team handed down by Executive Director of Athletics Alvin Ward, Sr. The Alumni Association of King, as well as the parents and the coaches truly went to bat for the team.  Holding an emergency meeting Monday evening at King then caravanning to the Detroit Board of Education meeting unannounced.  Crusader Nation was granted permission to speak before the board and the board made a motion to rescind the suspension.

The collective and quickly moving support system of Coach Dale Harvel’s Crusaders has saved their opportunity to face 2-time defending PSL City Champion Cass Tech this Friday at Ford Field at 7 pm following the Detroit Central vs. Detroit Collegiate Prep Academy game starting at 4 pm.  Emergency Manger Earley released a statement voicing his ruling on the entire situation.  The sanctions include:

  • Suspensions for the aggressors from both Cody and King 
  • King players will be suspended for Friday’s game
  • Cody players will be suspended for 1st game of 2016 season
  • Both teams will be placed on Probation for 1 year forfeiting their preseason scrimmages
  • All players from both teams must participate in District’s Restorative Practices behavior intervention program
  • Cody’s coaching state remains indefinitely suspended 

Press Release from Detroit Public Schools

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