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Tempest in a Pee-Wee Football League

HOUSTON (CN) - An irate pee-wee football club sued its league for barring a junior varsity team, and forfeiting the games it played, because a parent changed his son's report card, presumably so the boy could stay on the team. No fair, says the team, the Houston Outlaws, in its complaint against Houston American Youth Football and Cheer.

The Outlaws acknowledge that the league found that "the report card of a student player had been altered by his parent."

But it protests the penalty, which, oddly, allowed that student to move from his junior varsity team to the varsity, and continue playing, but suspended the coach for the rest of the season, forfeited all the JV games, and barred the JV from post-season play.

The Harvey Williams Foundation dba the Outlaws, and Harvey Williams himself, say the league has "engaged in an ongoing course of harassing, unlawful and egregious conduct for the sole purpose of trying to kick these innocent children out of the league."

Williams claims the league president, co-defendant Michael Griffin, canceled Outlaws' games without notice and told a league affiliate that "the Outlaws were done, toasted, and banned from playing in the league."

Williams wants the defendants restrained from "banning or otherwise preventing" the Outlaws from participating in the playoffs, which begin Saturday.

The Houston Outlaws are represented in Harris County Court by Paula Wilder.

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