Trooper Taylor’s Son Can’t Play Basketball — Because of his hair…

Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm ET

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Blaise Taylor, son of Auburn coach Trooper Taylor, sues school over not being allowed to play basketball because of his hair

Blaise Taylor, son of Auburn coach Trooper Taylor, has been told his braided hair will keep him off the high school basketball team

With just a few weeks left before Auburn takes on the Oregon Ducks in the BCS Title game, this probably isn’t the type of distraction War Eagles’ WR coach and recruiting extraordinaire, Trooper Taylor, needed. Then again, how could anyone blame him for fighting it?

According to a report from NBC affiliate WSFA 12 News, the Taylor family is suing Auburn High School, a public school, over a policy that prohibits Trooper’s son, Blaise Taylor, from playing on the Junior Varsity basketball team.

Oh, and it’s not because the kid can’t play, apparently. Nor because he broke any school rules, or because he’s been suspended, or anything rational like that.  No, it’s because Blaise sports cornrows — “braided hair, ” to the layperson.  The Taylor’s suit is geared only towards having the rule changed — they’re not seeking any financial damages.

According to school board attorney, Rick Davidson:

It has always been Coach Tolbert’s strong belief that teaching young men that the identity of the team and the program takes precedence over all individuals.  To that end, Coach Tolbert has tried to teach young men that the way they present themselves has a major impact on how other people perceive them.

According to Blaise, however, some of his teammates have “long hair,” and thus he thinks it’s unfair he can’t play.  Frump, of course, agrees — and regardless of what “long hair” actually constitutes here.

Assuming there are, in fact, some “long hairs” on the school’s basketball team, the good news is that administrators have apparently come far enough to realize not everyone with hair past their ears — or even a Beatles-esque mop-top — is necessarily a lazy, pot-smoking, commie subservient.  Well, at least not in the strictest sense.

The bad news: Auburn High School is presumably still under the impression that braided hair, in and of itself, projects some sort of universal, negative image and/or identity. For shame…

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8 Responses to “Trooper Taylor’s Son Can’t Play Basketball — Because of his hair…”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    blaise braids

  2. BlaiseFann#1 Says:

    Anonymous you should finish your sentences because that makes no sense and blaise looks SEXY with his braids.!!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    mii bhadd BlaiseFan#1 im a Blaise fan also tehehe… mii computer froze up and i did nt know the comment will be submitted :) and ur right his braids make HIM who is…thats his identity.. I thinks its plain out wrong for them to tell him to cut his hair off.. caz its school rule …. nooo freak that!!!!!!!

  4. BlaiseFann#1 Says:

    Thats whats up Anonymous. Blaise is good at basketball making him cut his hair is so wrong. Being on a basketball team it should be about how good you are at what you do not what you got going on, on your head. So they aint gone let him play they need to have a better reason than that. By the way I love BLAISE!!! Gone be my husband one day:)Blaise if you see this I LOVE YOU!!!

  5. Ciaran Says:

    Thanks for the comments, guys. Spread the word, Free Blaise!

    Again, thanks for reading, and double thanks for taking the time to comment. Frump appreciates it!

  6. UTVOL Says:

    I know the family personally and actually was blaise’s braider for years. He is an awesome kid and they are an awesome family. His hair is who he has been for years and he does this in respect for his some one he admires. Its his way of expressing himself. He is a great kid

  7. Dog Says:

    Stoopid Neegar should cut his fargin hair

  8. No Loss Products Says:

    Why does braided hair leave such a negative image in their minds? It’s as if they look down on him just for wanting to keep his hair back.

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