Monday, November 1, 2010

Decision likely Tuesday for Butler RB Deion Walker

The playing status of Butler High football player Deion Walker is still up in the air.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokesperson Kathleen Johansen said a decision will likely come Tuesday regarding Walker's playing status with the Butler football team.

Walker, 17, has been charged in a fatal wreck Saturday that left a motorcycle rider dead. Walker was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and driving without a license.

In Saturday's wreck, police said Nathan Scott Hartis, 51, of Midland was riding his motorcycle on Rocky River Church Road near Albemarle Road when Walker's Chevy Impala turned in front of him.

Court records show Walker was cited for driving without a license in September and is awaiting trial Dec. 2.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools athletics director Vicki Hamilton directed media calls to Johansen.

N.C. High School Athletic Association spokesperson Rick Strunk said the NCHSAA did not have any rules to address the situation. The NCHSAA prevents convicted felons from participating. Strunk said individual school systems make decisions on eligibility for student-athletes charged with misdemeanors.

Butler coach Mike Newsome said Sunday he didn't know if Walker would play in the undefeated Bulldogs' final regular season game on Friday against Independence (3-7) at Memorial Stadium.

Butler (10-0) is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press N.C. 4A poll and the Observer's Sweet 16. Walker is one of Butler's top players with a team-high 23 touchdowns.


Because of the subject matter, comments on this blog post have been closed.