TUPELO – A judge has denied Jeremy Newsome’s bid to play basketball while his lawsuit against the Mississippi High School Activities Association goes forth.
Senior Judge Glen Davidson on Friday denied attorney Jim Waide’s motion for a temporary restraining order, which if granted would have allowed Newsome to play for Nettleton, to which he transferred from Okolona in August.
Davidson wrote that “the plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their claims.” Waide’s motion claimed that Newsome would suffer “irreparable harm” if he wasn’t allowed to play, but Davidson disagreed.
Another reason Davidson gave in his decision was that “monetary damages appear to be an adequate remedy,” due to Waide’s assertion that Newsome’s possible future as a well-paid professional is being threatened.
Newsome is suing the MHSAA because it denied his basketball eligibility at Nettleton, saying his move was not “bona fide.” After being heard in chancery court, the lawsuit has moved to the federal level. The next hearing is set for Dec. 18 in Aberdeen.