- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 5, 2015

The coach of a California high school girls basketball team has been suspended for the rest of the season after she allowed her team to compete while wearing jerseys that supported breast cancer awareness.

The “Gauchos” team at Narbonne High School in Harbor City was reinstated to the Section Open Division playoffs on Tuesday after it was initially forced to forfeit its semifinal win for what officials deemed as a uniform violation, Fox News reported.

The team’s official school colors are green, gold and black, but during last Saturday’s semifinal game against View Park, they wore jerseys with pink letters and pink numbers.

Coach Victoria Sanders told The Los Angeles Times that she was unaware the team needed approval to wear the jerseys.

“I was under the impression we were able to do it,” she told the paper. “I didn’t know we had to fill out a waiver.”

City Section Commissioner John Aguirre originally ruled Narbonne would have to forfeit its semifinal win for violating City Section rules, but a three-person appeals panel reinstated the team the next day. Ms. Sanders was then suspended, and the team placed on probation for next season. The team was also banned from having any home playoff games, The Times reported.

“We didn’t do a crime. We didn’t commit anything bad,” said Narbonne player Latecia Smith, Fox News reported. “This is all for a great cause.”

Narbonne was on probation for an earlier violation of City Section rules, which played a role in the decision, The Times reported.

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