Length of Litton suspension indefinite, dad says (UPDATED 4:35 P.M.)



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Fri. February 17, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

Length of Litton suspension indefinite, dad says (UPDATED 4:35 P.M.)

The father of Wharton sophomore two-sport standout Chase Litton said Friday his son remains suspended indefinitely from all extra-curricular activities at the school.

In a phone interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Jeff Litton said he received an e-mail earlier this week from Wharton principal Brad Woods indicating the 6-foot-6 forward/quarterback is ineligible until his legal situation stemming from a late-December incident is resolved.

The Times first reported last week's arrest of Litton and football teammate Rocky Enos on burglary- and theft-related charges that allegedly occurred around the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 30. Litton, whose case is scheduled for an arraignment Thursday, played in the Wildcats' 68-48 victory against Plant in last Friday's Class 8A, District 7 title game.

But he didn't suit up for Thursday's 64-63 first-round playoff loss to East Lake. Jeff Litton said his son also has been prohibited from weightlifting and seven-on-seven activities with the football team.

Wildcats basketball coach Tommy Tonelli declined to comment on the suspension after Thursday's loss, referring all questions to Woods. Reached Friday afternoon, Woods declined comment, citing student confidentiality laws.

Jeff Litton, who has been in contact with county school administrators, said his family is consulting with its attorney on how to move forward.

"I don't make any excuses for my son's bone-headed decision, but it was one night of a bone-headed decision," he said. "We've been in front of this from Day 1 and will continue to be ahead of it."

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