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The Kevin Mensah saga just got crazier today when it ended up in a Worcester courtroom:
Judge to rule Friday on Shepherd Hill star running back Kevin Mensah's eligibility: https://t.co/ZyLBUtMhNm
— Worcester T&G Sports (@tgsports) September 23, 2016
The MIAA requires the football and track star’s former school (Holy Name) and his current school (Shepherd Hill) to sign a waiver (called Form 200) in order for him to be eligible to play. Both schools have done so, although it took a little public shaming for Holy Name to do the right thing. Problem solved, right?
This is the MIAA we’re dealing with. They are a group of adults (almost exclusively white adults for what it’s worth) who exist for the sole purpose of stealing money from schools and ruining high school athletics for kids. They are truly evil, evil people. There’s no other way around it.
Kevin Mensah is looking for a simple injunction allowing him to play in games while the MIAA drags their feet and looks for a reason to invalidate the completed Form 200. So what is their rationale for not granting this kid a simple waiver? Their reasoning made me spit out my coffee. It was just that ridiculous:
At a hearing for the injunction request in Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon, however, the MIAA’s lawyer, Geoffrey Bok, argued the association still opposes Mensah’s football eligibility in part on the grounds that his transfer to Shepherd Hill could open a loophole akin to free agency in high school sports in the state. There would be nothing to stop schools from recruiting top players like Mensah to create “super teams,” he said, which the MIAA believes would be an “unhealthy” exploitation of school choice.
“To put that player in the backfield (for Shepherd Hill) is an unfair competitive advantage,” said Bok, who added Mensah would also take playing time away from a lesser player or players on his own team.
Wait…..what??? So let me get this straight. Even though he’s met all the requirements for transferring schools, the MIAA still won’t allow it because he’s TOO GOOD???!!! This is real life? So if he was a sucky no-name scrub they’d let him play because it wouldn’t create a “super team?” If he wanted to school choice to Leicester it would be cool because they’re not as good?
And since when does the MIAA all of a sudden care about competitive balance in Central Mass sports? St. John’s has won the Division 1 basketball championship seven of the last nine years. Ya got that? Seven of nine. There are like 30 teams in CMass Division 1. Twenty nine of the teams have won two of the titles. One team won the other seven. St. John’s INVENTED recruiting. They exist for the sole purpose of uniting super teams for all sports. But please, tell me more about how the MIAA will go to any cost to preserve the “competitive balance” of their member schools.
Ya know why they’re doing this right? Do you think the MIAA pays attention to the day to day dealings of Central Massachusetts sports? Of course not. They’re an Eastern Mass organization. They’re doing this because parents, coaches, and administrators from Shrewsbury, Wachusett, Holy Name, Fitchburg, Grafton, Algonquin, and other Central MA schools got wind of it and put pressure on them. Here’s the white men who serve on the MIAA’s Central MA football committee:
Of course a charter school principal is on the committee. I don’t trust anyone who works for a charter school. They have ulterior motives for everything.
Cosenza’s Fitchburg Red Raiders play Shepherd Hill later in the season. They gain something from Mensah not playing.
Pignatoro is the principal of Grafton High School, but he’s a former Shrewsbury guy. As a matter of fact he still runs the Shrewsbury High School Hall of Fame. He also lives in Shrewsbury and will do favors for them if necessary.
Costa is the AD of Shrewsbury. They played Shepherd Hill the first week of the year and got a DIRECT ADVANTAGE with Kevin Mensah out of the lineup. They won on a last minute touchdown, but they obviously would’ve lost if he was playing. That’s just a scientific fact. We have heard from multiple sources that Costa and Pignatoro have been the most outspoken against Kevin Mensah – a black kid from Worcester who they’re too chicken shit scared to play in football because they know he’ll smoke them.
What a bunch of gutless cowards. And they call themselves adults? They should be embarrassed and ashamed. They are a joke.
But let’s suppose just for a moment that the MIAA gives a shit about star players school choicing to schools with better football teams. Well, Leominster High School is year in and year out a Central MA powerhouse in football. Their star quarterback, Noah Gray, is playing at Duke next year. He’s filthy good and was a Telegram and Gazette All-Star last year. Here’s his bio. Check out the last sentence:
Since taking over under center as a sophomore for Leominster and coach Dave Palazzi, Gray has proved to be one of the most electric talents around Central Mass. The junior gunslinger completed a staggering 101 of 179 of his passes for 1,707 yards and 21 touchdowns as the Blue Devils finished 8-3 and reached the Central Mass. Division 2 semifinals. Gray also rushed 62 times for 447 yards and even caught two touchdown passes for Leominster. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Gray continued to keep the Blue Devils’ offense on track after Leominster’s talented wide receiver Derek Franks was injured in the third game of the season. Gray, who captained Leominster this season and will again as a senior, constantly came up big in big games for the Blue Devils. He tossed four touchdown passes to beat St. John’s in the regular season, and rushed for two and passed for two in a close loss to Nashoba. He is the son of Meagan and Jason Gray of Gardner.
He’s a school choice student from Gardner!!! Ya got that? He doesn’t actually live in Leominster, but he goes there because their football team is better than Gardner’s!! Here he is stiff arming a Shepherd Hill player last year:
Where is the MIAA’s outrage about this rare Division 1 talent going to the superpower football school? Funny how they care about the runaway black kid, but they don’t make a peep about the white kid going to Duke.
Athletes using school choice to go to better sports schools is so routine. It’s been done for years and no one cares until now. Funny seeing Ray Cosenza on that list too. One of his assistant coaches is former Fitchburg High and UMass star Frank McDonald. Guess where he’s from?
Lunenburg!! But they’re not good at football and Fitchburg was the powerhouse team everyone was running to in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
Then there’s former Wachusett and Bentley College star basketball player Jackie Brugliera. Guess where she’s from? Fitchburg!! As a matter of fact four of Wachusett’s starting five players on their 2010 powerhouse team didn’t live in the Wachusett School District. And no one cared, including the MIAA. But they do now. Here she is posting up against Shepherd Hill:
It’s OK when Shepherd Hill has to play students who are playing out of district. But they just can’t play with school choice students on their team.
Oh yea, and Fitchburg recently petitioned the MIAA to move OUT of the highest division because they don’t get school choice kids anymore and thus they’re not as good as they used to be. Here’s the enrollment data for each football school:
Notice the difference in enrollment between Shepherd Hill and Fitchburg. Fitchburg has almost 100 more boys to choose from than Shepherd Hill, and they get to play in a crappier division. Shepherd Hill is forced to play up, and Fitchburg gets to play down. But please, tell me more about the competitive advantage that Shepherd Hill gets from playing in a conference where two schools are twice their size and the rest are significantly larger.
Oh yea, and the fact that they’re paying a lawyer for this is disgusting. The MIAA is shelling over cash to litigate a case for the sole purpose of keeping a kid from playing football at the school he attends. And where does the MIAA get their money from? The member schools who are forced to join. The same schools they steal gate revenue from.
A decision on this injunction will be decided by noon tomorrow. Luckily it looks like the judge has a pretty good head on his shoulders:
In the roughly 90-minute hearing, Judge Daniel Wrenn repeatedly challenged the MIAA’s rationale.. Based on the information provided to the court by both sides in the case, he said, it would appear as though Mensah, who left Holy Name because his family could no longer afford the private school, satisfied the MIAA’s requirement to prove a hardship in order to get a transfer waiver to avoid sitting out a year, and had secured a form signed by both schools.
“Why shouldn’t this young man play football?” he asked, adding Mensah, a Worcester resident, also was within his rights to use school choice to transfer to the Dudley-Charlton school system.
Wrenn esepcially prodded Bok on the latter’s explanation that the MIAA was worried about talented players abusing school choice to switch teams.
“If (Mensah) were a third-string running back, the MIAA would say that’s fine,” he said. “But because he’s really good, you say he can’t play … how is that not arbitrary and capricious?”
He sounds like Judge Berman when he was cross examining the NFL’s lacky lawyers. It’s like this guy read my mind. This is what happens when a group of fascists like the MIAA, who live in their own little bubble, face a judge in an actual courtroom. Their world crumbles. First of all, the kid left HN for financial reasons. So I guess the MIAA just doesn’t want poor kids to play sports. Secondly, he MET THE MIAA’s REQUIREMENTS!! That’s all there is to know. There were rules and he played by them. Now the MIAA is literally making up rules as they go along to keep him out because he’s too good. This is insane!!
And look at this dolt from the Boston Herald:
If Kevin Mensah is allowed to play (either by court order or MIAA waiver) then what's the point of having any rules about transferring?
— Keith Pearson (@keith_pearson) September 22, 2016
Don’t give me that “rules are rules” bullshit. Clearly rules are not rules. If they were then Noah Gray would be the quarterback at Gardner High School, Fitchburg football would’ve sucked in the 90’s, St. John’s wouldn’t be allowed to compete in MIAA tournaments, and Wachusett girls basketball in 2010 would’ve had a losing record. Rules are only rules when a Worcester kid wants to play for Shepherd Hill.
This is why you can’t trust the mainstream media. Because they ignore facts. Newsflash moron – he satisfied all the stupid rules. The waiver is signed by both schools. The MIAA is freaking out and making up it’s own rules now because Jay Costa and James Pignatoro don’t want the fast black kid to beat them.
Here’s my question – where is black lives matter at? Their silence speaks volume to their usefulness and agenda. They don’t care about black kids like Kevin Mensah who show respect for authority, play by the rules, and still get boned by entrenched white guys on the MIAA. Because they’re too busy protesting for Michael Oppong and a bunch of other dumb kids who aren’t having any of their rights violated.
The bottom line is this kid should and we believe will be freed Friday at noon by this judge. If he doesn’t then Shepherd Hill and Wachusett’s coaches should both refuse to play this game. Anything less would be classless on Wachusett’s part. It’s the only way to send a message to the MIAA that their bullshit isn’t going to be tolerated any longer. They work for the kids and need to start acting in their best interest, not in the interests of a bunch of loser AD’s like Jay Costa and James Pignatoro.
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