The Auburn boys basketball team may be without one of its leading scorers after senior Majesty Wilder was removed from the team Tuesday.
Al Brown, Wilder's stepfather, said the senior was one of three students in a bathroom when a teacher said he saw a cloud of vapor from an electronic smoking device Tuesday morning. Wilder was later given an in-school suspension and was told he was off the team for violating the school's code of conduct.
Wilder told his father that he was just using the restroom and wasn't vaping. Based on that and his understanding of past circumstances involving athletes who escaped punishment for alleged conduct violations, Brown believes his son is being treated unfairly.
"My son can't even talk right now," Brown said in a phone interview Thursday. "My son is a one-sport student, which is basketball — his love — and they're taking it away from him because allegedly there was vape smoke coming from his direction."
Brown said he's aware of another recent incident in which two basketball players had posted photographs online of a party where there was alcohol — another violation to the code of conduct — but the players weren't removed from the team. He said the district has told him those players said they quickly left the party upon discovering that alcohol was being consumed, so they were not in violation of the conduct code.