TAMPA (WFLA) – The Florida High School Athletic Association has suspended Plant High School coach Robert Weiner for six games.
According to the FHSAA, Plant High School self-reported a violation of policies regarding recruiting, improper contact, and impermissible benefits.
Coach Weiner says he had the best intention is mind when he tried to help a player in need. A player on the team had moved from out of state when his living arrangement fell through, leaving the student homeless.
“It seemed like that the right thing to do, was to try to find a place. And, to be honest, the story has gotten very complicated for all the things coming. Actually, the story is very simple and that was, there was a child in need and we answered the call,” Coach Weiner said.
So Weiner found a place for the student to stay which is against FHSAA rules.
The violation brings forth a $5,000 fine for coach Weiner, a $2,500 fine for the school.
Coach Weiner says the student hasn’t played a single game at Plant and has only practiced with the team.
The FHSAA has not done an investigation, the sanctions are solely based on the self-reported violations from Plant High School. Plant High School is scheduled to take on Steinbrenner High School this Friday.
Coach Weiner plans to appeal the decision.