NCAA’s Anti-Felon Policy Biased Against Blacks, Suit Says

Law360, New York (February 14, 2013, 6:37 PM EST) -- A lawsuit filed Wednesday in California federal court claims the National Collegiate Athletic Association discriminates against African-Americans by barring ex-convicts from coaching high school basketball.

A civil rights group and a high school basketball coach say the rule — which permanently bans felons from coaching in NCAA-certified tournaments — violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because ex-cons are disproportionately black.

The suit claims the association switched to the new policy in 2011 — from one that forgave nonviolent felonies after seven years — to intentionally...
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