Rahmel Ashby of Grand Street Campus high school in Brooklyn rushed for 116 yards on 24 carries to help seal the PSAL Championship Division title at Yankee Stadium Sunday.
Those numbers alone are impressive given the stage, and even more so when considering the controversy surrounding Ashby and the team.
In April 2014, Ashby was arrested for attempted murder after he allegedly fired a gun into a crowd of people. Six months later, he again was arrested for a gun possession charge. Meanwhile, he was allowed to suit up this season because neither the Department of Education nor PSAL have clear rulings on how to deal with such situations.
And despite the controversy, his teammates and coaches we OK with it.
“We never think about negativity at Grand Street Campus,” the team’s quarterback Sharif Harris-Legree told the New York Daily News after the title game. “He’s a great kid, he’s qualified, and he’s our brother.”
Surely this issue is going to upset a lot of people, and considering that Ashby played a vital role in Grand Street’s championship, expect the DOE and/or PSAL to implement guidelines to address similar future situations.
Still though, Ashby has not been convicted of any crimes whatsoever.
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