MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

November 17, 2012

Hold Baker, OSSAA accountable for actions

— I have read with interest the articles and comments regarding the football team at Sequoyah.

I don’t even know where to begin, but, I think it will be with Chief Bill John Baker. Even though Chief Baker said his office and the Cherokee Nation would use every resource available in the appeal process at some point he changed his mind. After many phone calls and emails Chief Baker went to the hearing, read a short statement and left, yes, left the hearing! Way to fight! I don’t think I have ever been so ashamed to be a member of the Cherokee Nation.

I noticed several TV stations reporting that Chief Baker had won the appeal, no he didn’t! Parents of players paid $3,500 per player to have them represented by attorneys, that is what “won the appeal,” although it wasn’t much of a win. I will remember at election time, as will others, the lack of support the players received from the Nation.  

Now, on to the biggest farce of an organization, the OSSAA, this organization doesn’t answer to anyone.

There are many cases to pick from, but I will stick to the one I know the most about, the Jenks recruiting “scandal.” How can a team that didn’t meet the OSSAA residency requirements still be allowed to play in post-season, but Sequoyah wasn’t? How can Jenks get a slap on the wrist for a severe infraction and Sequoyah be severely punished for a minor one?

It’s important to note that OSSAA notified Sequoyah Schools that if the players didn’t suit up their last game they may not be as harsh in their punishment, really? Neither the Sequoyah players, nor their parents had any idea it was against the rules for someone other than them to pay for camp! I’m sure camp was a lot cheaper than the attorney fees.

The biggest tragedy is players lost college scholarships due to the small-minded, big-ego men and women who arbitrarily get to decide the fate of high school athletes. The OSSAA needs to be held accountable for their actions!

ANITA BROWN

Muskogee

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