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Family of Dougherty ineligible player gives its rebuttal

His family has a gameplan for the appeal His family has a gameplan for the appeal
Dontavious (23)  just wants to be back on the court with his teammates Dontavious (23) just wants to be back on the court with his teammates
The junior guard played well for the Trojans to start the season The junior guard played well for the Trojans to start the season
His mother and grandmother are working hard on his behalf His mother and grandmother are working hard on his behalf
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dontavious Hudson played basketball for Dougherty High School this season.

The Trojans were off to a decent start, until last week when the GHSA ruled Hudson was an ineligible player.

As a result the Trojans had to forfeit 16 games, and Hudson was removed from the team. 

However the information the GHSA used in its ruling was given by Dougherty County School system officials, and Hudson's family say that information was incorrect.

"If they would admit that they outright lied maliciously and willfully on my grandson and his mother, then they know they would have opened themselves up for liability," said Dontavious' grandmother Jennie Hudson.

The school system reported Hudson, and his mother Tomeka Harrell lied about where they were living.

But both of them say they have stuck to the truth and have documents to prove it.

"My child most definitely didn't lie about where he stayed," said Dontavious' mother Tomeka Harrell. "Because it was mentioned again in a couple  of the meetings and the coaches said that my son said what he said and I said what I said. So it's no lie there anywhere."

"It was a one-sided investigation," said Al Watts who coach Dontavious back in middle school. "And how can you say an investigation is complete when you've only interviewed one side. Dontavious mother was never spoken with about the living arrangements."

Hudson and his mother lived with his older sister until his mom moved out earlier this year.

Shakira Harrell has documents to prove her younger brother still lives with her on Swift Street, and she wants the community to stop attacking him.

"Every time we get on Facebook," said his housemate. "It's grown people targeting him and talking about him. I know it hurt his feelings for them to be saying those things."

The family has met with DCSS officials multiple times since, and are preparing to appeal. 

"In their effort to further whatever agenda they have," said Jennie. "He got caught in the mist. They don't care about the child and his welfare and he just got caught in the mist. And I'm not as his grandmother going to stand by and let them."

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