Five student athletes in California are suing Gov. Gavin Newsom over his ban on indoor high school sports during the pandemic.
The group of athletes consists of a basketball player, a cheerleader, a wrestler, and two volleyball players, according to Fox News.
One of those filing the lawsuit is Caleb Graham, a junior at Canyon High School in Anaheim, who plays on the basketball team, according to Fox11 in Los Angeles.
"It’s been a little bit annoying considering I’ve been working hard all this quarantine and then we just keep getting canceled, it’s just frustrating," Graham said.
His father, Brad Graham, maintained Newsom has no medical evidence to warrant halting youth sports while permitting professional and collegiate sports to continue.
"They can’t say that it’s OK for college to play and not OK for the high school kids to play," Brad Graham said. "The time to move forward is now, there’s not a huge risk to these kids, especially if we follow the same protocols that colleges and pros follow."
And Stephen Grebing, who represents the students, added: "We hope to file lawsuits in Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Riverside, San Bernardino, and other counties this week and next, to ensure that all youths, girls and boys, have the same right to play sports, indoor and outdoor, as college athletes and professional athletes do," said attorney.
Meanwhile, a movement to recall the governor has picked up steam with organizers recently announcing they had collected more than 1.8 million signatures.
Although signatures needed to be validated, that total was more than the 1.5 million required before March 17 to force a recall election.
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