Wilson Principal Peter Cahall said Monday that the school’s plans to appeal its disqualification from the Turkey Bowl over an ineligible player were unsuccessful.
The player in question is Nico Jaleel Robinson, who played earlier this season as a wide receiver for the Tigers. Robinson was arrested in October in connection to the armed robbery of several University of Maryland students. Authorities arrested Robinson at his home in Greenbelt, which led to questions about his eligibility at Wilson — and the DCPS investigation was launched soon after.
Cahall had initially announced Sunday that the school would file an appeal to reverse the decision, but on Monday morning confirmed that the school has no grounds to file a formal injunction. Cahall and the statewide director of athletics, Clark Ray, held discussions late Sunday night regarding the appeals process — and Cahall cited the inability to prove Robinson was a District resident as the reason for pulling away from filing with the state. According to Rule 270.14 in the D.C. Municipal Regulations’ Interscholastic State Rules, the first requirement for athletic eligibility is “A student shall be a resident of the District of Columbia, as defined by statute and the rules set forth in title 5,” and it was determined through the investigation that both of Robinson’s guardians lived in Maryland, Cahall said.
“We didn’t know that [Robinson] was a non-resident,” said Cahall, who confirmed Robinson is no longer a student at the school. “We have documentation . . . both parents have drivers licenses in Maryland, [DCPS] has talked to the landlord in Maryland, and the landlord has clearly stated that both parents live in Maryland. So I have no grounds to appeal based on what Clark sent me . . . It just rips at my heart.”
Robinson, a 5-10 165 pound senior, had three carries for four yards in the first three games this season.
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