FHSAA Seeks to Dismiss Parents' Suit
Thu. June 28, 2012 at 12:33 a.m. | By Solange Reyner
By SOLANGE REYNER
LAKELAND | The Florida High School Athletic Association filed a motion to dismiss a case filed in November by the parents of the Lakeland football players who were forced to miss their senior seasons after they were found ineligible by the FHSAA for falsifying information to play for the Dreadnaughts.
The motion was sent to Circuit Judge J. Michael Hunter of the 10th Judicial District in Bartow on Wednesday afternoon without comments or disapproval from the lawyers for the parents, Robert Peddy and James Domineck Jr.
Peddy and Domineck initially sought an emergency injunction from the court to allow the players, Jocobe Stafford, Chandler Brunson and Jadrian Clark, to play the remainder of the 2011 season. They said they were seeking the injunction because the FHSAA's rules were ambiguous and unclear, specifically the bylaw on a full-and-complete move. Hunter denied the request on Nov. 2 because the athletes had failed to exhaust their administrative remedies with the FHSAA.
The case was extended after the lawyers sought a declaratory action to clarify the full-and-complete move bylaw.
Both parties met in court in Bartowon June 20, where Hunter ruled that the court no longer has jurisdiction over the case because the players have no further eligibility.
The FHSAA is seeking the dismissal because "the plaintiffs have now graduated from high school and there is no relief that the court can grant to them," Leonard E. Ireland, the lawyer representing the FHSAA, wrote to Hunter.
"We kept pursuing this because we wanted answers," Peddy said.
Added Domineck: "And to prevent other players from being subject to this arbitrary process."