Marian student cut from baseball team over long hair


“ONLY ON 13”– THE NIGHTBEAT’S EMILY LONGNECKER WITH WHY HE’S REFUSING TO GET HIS HAIR CUT, AND WHY THE SCHOOL WON’T BACK DOWN. ZACH NAPIER SAYS HE’S IN AN IMPOSSIBLE POSITION…BEING ASKED BY THE UNIVERSITY WHERE HE GOES TO SCHOOL….TO MAKE A CHOICE…BETWEEN PLAYING THE SPORT HE LOVES…AND HIS FAMILY’S CULTURAL TRADITIONS. NATS: “CRACK OF THE BALL.” “I LOVE BASEBALL MORE THAN PROBABLY ANYTHING IN THE WORLD.” AND FOR 20 YEAR OLD ZACK NAPIER…HIS FIELD OF DREAMS…HAS BEEN PLAYING BASEBALL….ON THIS FIELD…AT MARIAN UNIVERSITY. “I WORKED MY WHOLE LIFE TO PLAY COLLEGE BASEBALL.” NAPIER’S DREAM THOUGH HAS BEEN CUT SHORT….FOR SOMETHING HE REFUSES TO CUT… NATS: “TAKING OFF HIS BASEBALL HAT.” RIGHT HERE….CAREFULLY HIDDEN UNDERNEATH HIS MARIAN UNIVERSITY BASEBALL CAP…. “IT GOES TO LIKE, THE BOTTOM OF MY BACK.” THE HAIR ON HIS HEAD. “I’VE NEVER HAD A HAIR CUT MY ENTIRE LIFE.” NOW..THOUGH…NAPIER SAYS MARIAN’S NEW HEAD BASEBALL COACH HAS DEMANDED HE CUT HIS HAIR…IF HE WANTS TO PLAY BALL FOR THE UNIVERSITY. “HE TOLD ME UNTIL MY HAIR WAS GONE THAT I WAS NO LONGER TO COME BACK ON THE FIELD.” FOR NAPIER…IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE THOUGH. “MY HAIR’S A BIG DEAL TO ME AND MY FAMILY.” THE REASON..SAYS NAPIER…HE’S PART NATIVE AMERICAN…CHEROKEE TO BE EXACT…ON HIS FATHER’S SIDE. “IT’S DEVASTATING TO NOT JUST ME, BUT MY FAMILY. EVERYBODY.” MARIAN UNIVERSITY ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING ITS POLICY “…IS CONSISTENT WITH POLICIES ENFORCED BY OTHER COLLEGIATE AND PROFESSIONAL ATHLETIC PROGRAMS. THE POLICY APPLIES TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE TEAM REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE, RELIGION, OR PERSONAL BELIEFS.” “IN THE BIBLE IT SAYS, YOUR HAIR IS YOUR GLORY AND I FEEL LIKE THEY’RE MAKING ME CUT OFF MY HAIR AND THEY’RE GOING A CATHOLIC INSTITUTION.” NAPIER’S NOT ASKING TO SHOW OFF HIS LONG LOCKS WHILE PLAYING BALL. “MY HAIR’S ALWAYS BEEN UP. I NEVER WEAR MY HAIR DOWN.” HE’S JUST ASKING HE AND FUTURE PLAYERS NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE. “IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO CHOOSE.” BETWEEN A SPORT HE’S LOVED SINCE CHILDHOOD… “BASEBALL’S MY LIFE.” AND THE TRADITIONS OF HIS FAMILY’S HERITAGE. ALTHOUGH NAPIER IS STILL ATTENDING CLASSES AT MARIAN…HE SAYS HE’S LOOKING INTO TRANSFERRING TO ANOTHER SCHOOL WHERE HE CAN STUDY AND PLAY BASEBALL…WITH HIS HAIR…JUST THE WAY IT IS. EMILY LONGNECKER….CHANN EL 13…EYEWITNESS NEWS. APPLE HAS TAKEN THE WR

98 thoughts on “Marian student cut from baseball team over long hair

  1. It's not like it was a new rule…if you didn't want to abide by the rule you should never have joined the team…

  2. This makes the news?? Really?
    On my highschool varsity baseball team they made us cut our hair too, and they would sit you on the bench and never play you unless you cut your hair. I didn't think anything of it at the time, but now I realize what a load of bullshit it is.

  3. Cool keep your hair but their is rules playing college baseball. You don't like the rules and get kicked off, too fucking bad kid. I'm glad the coaches stood their ground. Get over yourself

  4. In baseball, does it really matter what your hairstyle is? I think in college baseball, as long as you get good grades and you're a mentally and physically a good ballplayer, then you should be allowed to play regardless of hairstyle.

  5. This is funny considering the typical baseball look going on right now in college is the long hair slicked back to look lowkey like a mullet but what he’s doing ain’t okay? Lol that’s some weirdo shit if you really care that much about what someone else doing with their hair

  6. Reminds me of when I was told I couldn’t play because I had a Mohawk and yet I still went out there despite coaches orders lol they couldn’t stop me from playing

  7. I'm not discrediting that he is Cherokee in any way…. however I used to believe I was part Cherokee as well… My dad mothers side was somewhere down the line… but then my mother told me that especially in the south it was almost like a fad that white families had Cherokee in their family tree somewhere. I was curious why people would say that and she told me that it was almost like away of showing something or the other I can't remember. But nevertheless I found out I had no Cherokee or Native American at all. And my friend you told me the same thing has none either. Can anyone elaborate on why usually southern white families sometimes think they have Native American and their family and really don't?

  8. Yeah my coach doesn’t let us have hair over the ears or down the neck line and we have to be clean shaven on gameday

  9. Cherokee that’s a joke you know whites are Cherokee because of the rape of the Cherokee tribe the Cherokee tribes women and children got the worse as far as rape and sex slave so it’s a joke to use REAL NATIVE AMERICANS when a blonde hair blue eyed person says there Cherokee….. I told my wife before he said it ….. I bet he’s Cherokee or black foot!!!!

  10. Either don’t play or cut the hair. Simple. Hair grows back and there are different teams so make a choice.

  11. Well that's the coaches policy, and it sounds like it's also a school policy. If he doesn't wish to lose his hair and lose baseball the transfer is a his best bet. Kinda dumb that this made news coverage.

  12. When I was in high school we had a strict haircut rule. That meant no long hair. If you didn't comply, you were kicked off the team. It's not that difficult.

  13. He's the 5 dolls Cherokee………some of most so called negro is the true Cherokee, they don't say I'm from Africa, just we got Indian in our family…….

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