Carter County boy, 7, faces possible ban for playing in St. Jude game


A Carter County seven-year-old boy was asked to not play with this team until the Carter County Youth Basketball League Board determined his eligibility. 

Jordan Cosey’s family said they were recently told he may not get to play with his team, the Valley Forge Eagles, after he was invited and played in a benefit charity basketball All-Star game on December 29th.

“It was not him playing for another league,” said Heather Allen, Jordan’s Mother. “It was not him playing for another organization it was nothing like that. It was him playing for St.Jude’s to raise money for kids with cancer.”

Heather Allen posted pictures of the charity game on her Facebook and says someone sent these pictures to the President of the Carter County Youth League, who she says later told her that Jordan could not play in the league for the rest of the season because he had broken the rules.

“I was not aware of any league or rule to where he can not play for another team.”

That rule prevents children from playing on another team or in another during the season.

Allen says she never saw the rule book and that’s not the only reason she’s confused.

“Whenever they even told me that Jordan was not allowed to play anymore they specified that it was insurance purposes,” she said.

Now Jordan, his family, and his teammates are waiting on the Carter County Youth League Board to make a final decision on his eligibility.  The meeting to make that decision on Thursday night was canceled for unknown reasons.

Until the final decision is made, Jordan’s coach is encouraging him to continue to play with the team despite the initial ruling.

News Channel 11 reached out to the President of the Youth League, Wayne Stout, who refused to answer any questions on the matter.

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