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PLANTATION (CBSMiami/AP) — The Wade family is going to bat for a South Florida youth basketball player.
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are backing attorney Benjamin Crump in an effort to help an expelled student and family friend get back into high school.
Wade and Union released a statement Thursday supporting senior Cyrus Nance, who was a basketball player in his first year at American Heritage High until he was expelled last month after a verbal altercation with a coach of another team at the school.
Crump says “every fact in this case points to discrimination.” Nance would like to return to school.
Zaire Wade, the oldest son of the longtime Miami Heat star, also plays at the school. Nance is friends with Zaire Wade and the Wade family.
Crump says the school has refused to release Nance’s transcript until his mother signs a non-disclosure agreement and pays a fee. Wade and Union say they will stand by Nance until he and his mother “get the transparent due process” that they seek.
School officials dispute the allegation of discrimination by Crump and says its handbook explicitly states that any student who uses profanity toward a staff member will be expelled.
The school says their investigation shows the evidence supports the school’s disciplinary action.
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