It’s highly unlikely former Kentucky star Julius Randle meant for some Kentucky high school basketball players to get suspended.
Yet that’s exactly what happened, all because they played organized basketball with Randle for his documentary at a time when it wasn’t allowed by the Kentucky state governing body for high school sports.
Randle was present at a court unveiling in Lexington and was filming a pilot for a new documentary series according to Josh Moore of the Lexington Herald-Leader. It was considered an organized basketball event and an AAU coach had some of his players participate in a game with Randle.
“Even though it was a documentary, it was kind of on a script, they said because we had a scoreboard there and referees there, even though nobody was paid or anything like that, they said it was considered a scrimmage,” Hammons said. “ … It wasn’t like we were trying to get ahead on something. It wasn’t like we were trying to scrimmage and see if we could do something. It’s something that was a community event.”
Regardless of how it looked to the human eye, the KHSAA still suspended eight players from the team for the first game of their respective high school seasons according to Moore. All because they were in violation of a bylaw.
Athletic directors from Frederick Douglass, Lafayette, Montgomery County, Scott County and South Laurel each self-reported violations under the KHSAA’s Bylaw 9, which restricts basketball and football players from participating in organized contests of those sports outside of school from the first day of school through the school’s last scheduled contest (including postseason) in those sports.
It’s an unfortunate circumstance for the players and likely one Randle didn’t mean to cause.