N.O. lawmaker: Let 19-year-old Ugandan refugee play high school football

N.O. lawmaker: Let 19-year-old Ugandan refugee play high school football

N.O. lawmaker: Let 19-year-old Ugandan refugee play high school football

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Posted on May 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A New Orleans lawmaker is proposing to ban the Louisiana High School Athletic Association from using the Superdome for athletic activities unless the organization allows a Ugandan refugee to compete in high school football next school year.
 
The House discussed the measure by Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, that seeks to pressure the association to let a student play high school football despite being too old under the LHSAA rules.
 
Lawmakers didn't vote on the proposal (House Bill 1276) because Abramson said he hopes the organization will agree to compromise on the issue.
 
Abramson said LHSAA should let the student compete out of a sense of justice. The student is a refugee from Uganda whose father was killed. He will be turning 19 over the summer, making him ineligible to play under LHSAA rules.

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