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Son Of Auburn Coach Suing School After Being Denied Playing Time Due To Hairstyle

Blaise Taylor, the son of Trooper Taylor, who happens to be the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach of the Auburn Tigers, is a 14-year-old student in the Auburn school district. A lawsuit was recently filed against said district due to claims that Blaise Taylor was denied playing time on Auburn Junior High’s JV basketball team because he wears his hair in braids.

Via USA Today:

A lawsuit claims Auburn junior varsity coach Frank Tolbert won’t let Blaise play on the team unless he changes his hairstyle. The suit says the rule violates free speech rights and is racially discriminatory because it targets a black hairstyle.

A lawyer for the Auburn school board defends the rule and says it applies to everyone, not just blacks.

They’re kidding, right? First of all, this kid is the son of an Auburn coach…in Auburn. One would think the kid would be treated like freaking royalty the way they are about their college football down there. Secondly, in this day and age, a school is seriously refusing to allow a player to participate because of braided hair? What year is this? But it’s good to know that the policy isn’t racially motivated, what with all the white kids these days wearing their hair in braids. Yeah, I know there are a few of them out there, but aren’t they mostly socially inept outcasts just trying to be different who likely have no interest nor aspirations to participate in competitive sports? I mean, the last white person who successfully pulled off the braids look was probably Bo Derek and that was over 30 years ago and tyat was for a damn movie starring Dudley Moore.

Oh yeah, there is one more white person rocking the braids: Axl Rose. We mustn’t forget about the Axl Man.

Player sues after coach denied playing time over hairstyle [USA Today]