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Trooper Taylor sues school over son's braids

Posted on: December 16, 2010 12:29 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Since polishing off South Carolina to win the SEC Championship Game and claim their berth in the national title game, the coaching staff at Auburn has stayed in the headlines. Unfortunately, it's been for reasons other than their coaching prowess: Gene Chizik's hitting the incentives jackpot , Gus Malzahn's hot-and-heavy flirtation with the Vanderbilt head coaching job, and now assistant head coach Trooper Taylor is in the news for suing his son's school over his hairstyle :

Taylor’s son Blaise Taylor , a 9th-grader who refused to remove his braids, has been prevented from playing for the junior varsity basketball team because of his hairstyle. Blaise refused to change it, saying braids were important to him as a connection to his role models.

On Friday in Montgomery, the Taylors filed a federal lawsuit alleging head basketball coach Frank Tolbert’s grooming policy is racially discriminatory since it singles out a hairstyle almost exclusively worn by black players while allowing white players to wear unkempt hair.

With the Auburn City Schools board standing by Tolbert (who is black), the suit is expected to be heard in court on Dec. 21.

Whether any of this -- Taylor's suit, Malzahn's Vandy discussions, even Cam Newton's Heisman win and subsequent media victory lap -- has any impact on the actual football to be played in Glenale is highly, highly debatable; with 25 days still to go until Jan. 10 and virtually all of the Tigers' planning and preparation still ahead of them, there's still plenty of time for Auburn to put any and all distractions behind them and focus on the task at hand.

Nonetheless, if we're wondering which team's head coach is happier with his team's break from the practice grind, we're betting Oregon coach Chip Kelly will take the relative calm around Eugene over the relative hubbub that seems to be surrounding Chizik's program at the moment.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 1:09 pm

Trooper Taylor sues school over son's braids

"  refused to change it, saying braids were important to as a connection to his role models."  Who are this kids role models?  Maybe the kid should learn that there are rules out there and he needs to follow them instead of his supposed role models. 

Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:45 pm

Trooper Taylor sues school over son's braids

if he wants to play then he should comply with the coaches rules. plain and simple. every coach has rules and if you break them you do not play and trooper taylor should know this by now.

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2010 5:26 pm

Trooper Taylor sues school over son's braids

To your point if it's just hair- he should cut it.  I'm an AHS alum Caoch Tolbert has had the same policy for grooming for over 30 years.  It's not just braids there is no long hair allowed... period.  Every guy on any of the AHS teams must be well groomed as the team is a representative of the school and they look to set a certain image both on and off the field.  The AHS basketball fraternity is a exclusive club and if Blaise Taylor wants to be a part of it he has to follow the rules same as everyone else.  Extracurricular activities are just that, extra... and its a privilege to be chosen for a team not your right to play.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 5:11 pm

Trooper Taylor sues school over son's braids

Let the kid play, it is just hair. The coach is in the wrong here. Not the parent. The player is not trying to be a thug or gangsta just because he has braids. If they want to make him inelgible for grades, that is one thing dont ruin a teens high school athletic experience because you dont like his hair cut.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 2:30 pm

Trooper Taylor PROVES HE IS A GIRLY MAN and sues

When I was in HS (during the 90s) wearing a watch to FB practice sent you to a bench for the week, even the staters sat out. You could not have hair that stuck out from under your helmet and that meant off season as well. We had white, black, mexican coaches and players. Nobody cried and we had to have good grades. Our teachers were told to hold us to a higher standard all year. You get under a 75 in the offseason and you sat for one game, 2 and that meant 2 games. Nobody got a break. The coaches tried to get us in their classes (not for an easy grade) and made us sit in the first two rows in every class. They would partrol our classes and see if we were paying attention during their off time, all year long. They even made us eat right and sit together at lunchtime (no girls allowed at our tables).These guys were hard @#$es and if you played sports you got no free ride. That made Gametime something special and we played for every inch. Looking in the rear view these guys did the right thing for us. EVERYBODY got a diploma, I mean everybody. We helped each other and stood up for the right things. We would run through walls and eat nails to please these men. They were our role models, not some gangster rapper or drugged out rock star. They told us about the great players that did the right thing (like Payton, after setting the rushing record the Bears gave him a Ferrari. What did he do afterward? He told his kid for a ride. That what a man does!) They told us about the screw ups too (like L.Taylor and the Colts QB that ruined himself gambling). This generation needs a good kick in the @#$ and teachers need to DO THEIR JOBS and teach life and set examples. Some kid trying to play the race card in BS. There are things you have to do in this world to make it. Go to a job interview with braids in your hair or long hippie hair and watch the next guy get the job. Parents need to back the people (and help them) trying to shape their kids if they want a better future for them. You wonder why kids are not cutting in schools, look at their role models. Be a better parent people!

Thanks Coach MAC, Coach Moreland, Coach Ramos, Coach Hall, Coach Garrett! These men took a entire school program and MADE them live to a higher standard. At our reunion, we all sat together and agreed what these men did was above and beyond. Laughing, playing, crying and succeeding&nbs
p;made us men, not girly men crying about our hair cut or don't ask, don't tell.

Trooper, you are a waste as a parent!

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