Lawsuit filed against St. Louis County hopes to bring youth sports back

A lawsuit seeks to reverse the youth sports restrictions in St. Louis County and to force the release of data upon which the restrictions are based.

Sam Masterson
September 17, 2020 - 3:42 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KFTK) - A lawsuit challenging the youth sports COVID-19 restrictions imposed by St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page has been filed by his opponent in the November election, Paul Berry III. 

The suit seeks a temporary restraining order to suspend the restrictions that have temporarily banned games for sports like football, soccer, volleyball and basketball across the county. The suit also demands Page release the full data he and others have claimed the restrictions are based on.

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The suit filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court argues that Page has no statutory authority under state law to interfere with school sports, and no power to meddle with the Missouri State High School Athletic Association.

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"The Page Restrictions are arbitrary and capricious in that they are not based on medical evidence which would support the basis upon which Page publically purports," the lawsuit states. 

Berry is the father of a high school senior athlete and will face Page as challenger for county executive in the November 3 election.

The suit argues that the ban hurts the college scholarship chances of high school athletes across St. Louis County.  

Here's the full lawsuit:

 

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KMOX left a message with a spokesman for the County Executive, seeking his reaction to the suit. He was not immediately available. 

Page stated Monday that he will not meet with the county's youth sports task force – the group that has been loudly against the youth sports restrictions. Page cited other aspects of the pandemic and county government "that take my time," but he also said he'll leave the decisions on youth sports to county health experts.

The task force, made up of a variety of local doctors, has come out stating there is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission in youth sports. 

Protests against the restrictions continued this week. On Monday, hundreds gathered outside the St. Louis County government center to demand that limits be lifted.

KMOX's Kevin Killeen contributed to this report.

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