Because girls rock:
Jaime Nared, a 12-year-old girl who stands 6-foot-1, has been told she can no longer play on the boys team of which she has been a member since the second grade, according to a report on the Web site of The Oregonian. Curiously, the timing of her ban came in the wake of a 30-point effort against an all-boys team.
"She scored 30 points," Jaime's mom, Reiko Williams, told The Oregonian. "I remember one play. She stole the ball, dribbled up court and made a behind-the-back pass to a teammate. He missed the lay-in, and she grabbed the rebound and put it in. I think it was just too much for some of those parents.
"The next day, she came home and said they wouldn't let her play with the boys anymore."
There was a parents effort to get her kicked off the team she's been playing on for years after she embarrassed an all boys team. More on that after the jump.
Here's the organization's reasoning:
Neal Franzer, The Hoop's director of operations, told the paper that parents were "adamant" their complaints had nothing to do with Jaime's skills.
"They said the problem was the boys were playing differently against her because she was a girl," Franzer said, according to the paper. "They'd been taught to not push a girl, so they weren't fouling her hard, and the focus had shifted from playing basketball to noticing a girl was on the floor with them.
Because, of course, the fact that girls exist is a distraction to mindless boys. Gee, thanks.
And why is the league director of operations complaining that a player isn't being fouled hard enough? I'll leave it to the people who actually understand basketball to comment on that, though, since I have no idea what the rules are. But "foul" sounds like something that should be discouraged. (OK, thanks Wikipedia! Turns out a foul is something bad. Sometimes I'm too gay to function.)
Either way, the parents are pissed that their boys are getting their asses handed to them by a girl, and they're using sexism to get her kicked off the team. Here's her coach:
I can't think of one boy that we've played against that's had a problem with her," he said. "Maybe their dads do. Teach the boys how to handle her. Front her, deny her the ball. You sure as hell don't complain. Listen, she's a girl's girl, but she plays tough. She's no cupcake. She gets knocked down and takes a charge."
Here's a TV report that shows video of Jaime Nared playing basketball.