Coy Sheppard, a senior at Mendenhall High School in Mississippi, decided not to sue his school for kicking him off the football team, where he is kicker. But only because the Simpson County school board met and decided the 17-year-old’s Oct. 11 removal from the team — for wearing pink cleats — was patently ridiculous, and not worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
Unbelievably, Coy wore the shoes — to one game and one practice, before his coach booted him — to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, given both his mother and grandmother (who gave him the cleats) are breast cancer survivors.
Know what the NFL — that would be the nation’s professional football league — did last month to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month? They had players and officials wearing pink cleats, tossing pink coins, blowing pink whistles, and playing with pink-adorned balls.
District Deputy Superintendent Tom Duncan insisted Coy wearing the pink cleats “had absolutely nothing to do with lack of support for breast cancer awareness.” So he must’ve just been trying to be a big fag then, huh?
Coy, who regularly wore cleats of various colors throughout the Tigers’ season (seemingly without incident), and his family agreed to drop the lawsuit against the coach, principal and the school system so long as he’s put back on the team with the same standing.