Butler County District Judge Mike Ward dismissed a lawsuit brought by the guardians of an Andover High School student. They contended their nephew was cut from the team after parents asked the basketball coach to repay personal loans they had made to him. The coach has resigned.
The student’s guardians were asking for new tryouts, even though the basketball season is well underway. Judge Ward reasoned that new tryouts would do more harm than good. The guardians don’t believe the judge’s ruling was fair.
Andover school district superintendent Mark Evans said he talked with two coaches who were involved in the tryout decisions and determined that the tryouts were not biased.
I think parents of athletes making loans to coaches is an obvious conflict of interest. Though it may not be illegal, it is most certainly a bad idea. The only thing worse would be loaning money to relatives. The terms of such questionable agreements ought to be committed to writing, so that each party knows what he or she is getting into.
Our thought for today is from Samuel Goldwyn:
“A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.”