UPDATED: Florida high school football player, charged with a crime, will not practice

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It looks like cooler heads prevailed Monday in Boca Raton, Florida after multiple media outlets, including High School Football America, ran a story about Boca Raton High School allowing a football charged with a felony to practice while wearing an ankle monitor.  Turns-out, according to the Palm Beach Post, that after Boca Raton principal Susie King read the newspaper’s story about Shelley Singletary, a two-way player for the Bobcats, she informed the football staff that “Singletary could not take part in any team functions until his criminal court case is resolved.”

Singletary, who faces a June court date on his felony charge, was arrested earlier this year and charged with helping steal bicycle and Air Jordan sneakers from an 11-year old.

Original story from High School Football America

I certainly believe in America’s judicial system, which is based on innocent until proven guilty.  However, a story out of Florida, where spring high school football is getting underway, has me questioning the message being sent by the Boca Raton High School football coaching staff that is allowing one of its players to practice while awaiting a June court date on a felony charge.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Shelley Singletary, a two-way player, was arrested in January and charged with the strong-armed robbery of an 11-year old.  The newspaper is reporting that Singletary, who will be a junior this fall, is accused of helping steal the 11-year old’s bicycle and Air Jordans.

The Palm Beach Post story goes on to say that Singletary will be allowed to practice with his Bobcat teammates during spring ball thanks to the judge in the case modifying his house arrest to allow him to attend classes and spring practice as long as he wears his ankle monitor.

Boca Raton head coach Eric Davis, who is also a deputy with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told the paper, “I’ve had no issues with this kid since he got to high school.”

247Sports is reporting that Singletary has been offered a scholarship by Kentucky.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.