LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Some nasty allegations are being thrown against the Pleasure Ridge Park High School softball program and its coaches as part of a lawsuit against the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
The parents of two former PRP players filed the suit after their daughters transferred to Ballard High School and were ruled ineligible to play ball.
A lawsuit is only one side of the story.
PRP softball and its winning tradition is one of the reasons why alums Doug and Roseann Mercer wanted their daughters to play there.
"Both of them attended PRP High School and played sports there themselves," said Mary Rives, the Mercers' attorney, "they've always been 100 percent in support of PRP."
That was the case until the Mercers cried foul over the way they claim their daughters were treated by some of the softball coaches, including head coach Megan Miller. The allegations are made in a lawsuit the couple filed against the Kentucky High School Athletic Association after their daughters weren't eligible to play when they transferred from PRP to Ballard.
According to KHSAA rules on transfers, if you play for a varsity team at one school you must sit out a full year when you transfer.
The Mercers told the KHSAA they were forced to pull their daughters from PRP because the girls were victims of bullying, manipulation, verbal abuse and in one case physical abuse. The allegation of physical abuse is the grabbing of an arm.
"What happened was the child was at bat and apparently she hit the ball and was thrown out at first," Rives said, "the first base coach - who's one of the assistant coaches on the PRP softball team - grabbed her by the arm, grabbed her jersey and pulled her to the side and began screaming and cursing at her in front of the other players as well as the fans that were there to cheer the team on."
Those who know Miller and her assistants tell WAVE 3 News the Mercers are disgruntled parents and their claims are bogus.
If Miller's name sounds familiar to you, it may be because she's the same PRP coach who was honored by Louisville Metro Council in 2011 for helping save the life of a student after he collapsed in the PRP courtyard.
After the Mercers complained to the KHSAA, the organization denied the transfer/ That's why they sued, but a Jefferson Circuit judge has now signed a temporary restraining order to let the girls play. The Mercers are seeking a permanent injunction against the KHSAA rule.
Rives said they also have a written statement to back up their claims. It comes from Zach Osborne, the former Valley Sports star and current assistant baseball coach. Osborne claims when he was a student at PRP, Miller punched him in the face after he accidentally hit her with a baseball.
When contacted by phone Miller told us she would love to tell her side of the story, but can't comment right now.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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