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Robison family takes legal action in aftermath of eligibility ruling

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  • Eric Richey
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  • September 13, 2018 - 2:04pm

Hahnville principal Brian Lumar (L), Andrew Robison (M) and Andrew's mother Colyer Robison (R) react to the LHSAA's decision to deny eligibility appeal.

In the aftermath of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s decision on Thursday to deny an appeal by Andrew Robison to allow him to be eligible to play football at Hahnville, the Robison family has decided to seek legal remedy.

The Robison family released a statement through their attorney, David S. Moyer.

“This investigation was initiated and guided by the spiteful and vindictive allegations of Andrew’s former coach and school. Left to support a family of five on one income, and unable to pay the Vandebilt tuition, the family made the decision to move to the Hahnville High School attendance zone, initiating all contact with school officials and fully complying with LHSAA rules with respect to changing residences. We are at this point for one reason and one reason only: a former coach made the conscious decision that if Andrew was not going to play for him, then he would play for no one else. That coach, upset because his ability to compete was diminished (ironically due to his own school’s decision to terminate Mr. Robison), pettily refused to let Andrew wear his jersey to a photo shoot. Andrew committed no wrongdoing whatsoever, under any interpretation of any rule, yet he suffers the greatest consequence. We are heartbroken and distraught.

“There is something very wrong with a system and organization that can violate a student athlete’s right of due process, consider the accused guilty until proven innocent, refuse to state what a student-athlete did to violate any rules, and then unilaterally ban a student-athlete for a year while destroying his constitutionally guaranteed rights. This ruling should be seen as a victory for any school or coach who decides to maliciously punish a student-athlete in a calculated, orchestrated manner, without any cause other than selfish, petty jealousy and greed. To everyone else in Louisiana, especially student-athletes, this can be seen as nothing less than a loss of inestimable proportions.”

Email requests for comments by RiverParishFootball.com to Vandebilt Catholic president David Boudreaux, principal Jeremy Gueldner and head football coach Jeremy Atwell on Friday went unanswered.

Visit website for video reactions from Robison, Hahnville principal Brian Lumar and Tigers football coach Nick Saltaformaggio.

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Eric Richey is an Emmy award-winning sports anchor/reporter who has been covering high school football for 25 years.