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Simeon players take off their shoes and place them at center court. Patrick Gleason ~ For Sun-Times Media
Simeon coach Robert Smith wasn’t too pleased with the Wolverines’ show of defiance against the Illinois High School Association last March.
After winning the Class 4A state champions, the Wolverines all removed their shoes and placed them on the court. The entire team took part, except for Jabari Parker, who was being interviewed at the time.
Smith announced the next day that all nine underclassmen that took part would be suspended for the first game in the 2012-13 season.
“The team approached me a little while ago and asked that I reconsider,” Smith said. “They said it was some of the older guys that wanted to do it, and they thought possibly losing a game and a chance at a national title this season was too harsh.”
Smith has decided to keep the one-game suspensions in place, but space them out over the season, with each player missing a game at some point. Nine players were involved in the original incident, but only six are still on the team: Jaylon Tate, DJ Williams, Rickey Norris, Kendrick Nunn, Kendall Pollard and Quron Davis.
Simeon’s first game this season is against Milton, Ga., on Dec. 1 at UIC in the Chicago Elite Classic. Milton is expected to be one of the top-ranked teams in Georgia.
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