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DeMarcus Cousins condemns Alabama’s handling of Maori Davenport case


Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins is the latest big name to throw their name in the corner of high school senior Maori Davenport, who has been ruled ineligible by the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

Maori lead the United States to a gold medal in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. She was mistakenly sent a check by USA Basketball for $857.20 and she cashed it. When USA basketball realized the mistake they notified Davenport and Alabama High School Athletic Association.

Davenport immediately returned the money, but Alabama (as in the Athletic Association) isn’t budging and has continued to rule her ineligible. Cousins put out a statement on his Twitter account on Saturday night:

“What the Alabama High School Athletic Association has done to Maori Davenport is wrong on so many levels that I don’t know where to start. I know what this feels like because I was treated like shit by them too. Being a kid from Alabama, I’m with Maori Davenport. Fix this now!”

The Warriors star joins a long list of celebrities and organizations, including the WNBA who have called on Alabama to reinstate her.

It will be interesting to see if all the pressure forces Alabama to change their mind and reinstate Davenport, but so far they haven’t changed their stance. It’s important that players in High School aren’t getting payments, but this was a mistake that was quickly fixed and it’s not like Davenport was trying to do anything behind anyone’s back.

Either way, it’s cool to see the Warriors star use his platform for others.