APS: Former Grady HS football coach "hindered" investigation into players' residency

by: Richard Elliot Updated:

ATLANTA - Atlanta Public School investigators reported the embattled former Grady High School football coach "hindered the investigation" into the residency of more than a dozen football players.
 
APS transferred Ronnie Millen away from Grady High School during the investigation.
 
APS Superintendent Errol Davis said the report shows about 25 percent of all Grady High School football players did not live within Grady's district. They're looking into the residency status of 13 other players.
 
The report states parents falsified addresses and official documents in order to get their sons into Grady to play football.
 
The report pulled no punches when it described Millen's assistance in the investigation.
 
"Coach Millen was not cooperative during the investigation...," the report states.
 
Investigators said APS Athletic Director Jeff Beggs also interfered with the report when he alerted Millen to the anonymous complaint.
 
"Jeff Beggs and Coach Millen knowingly or unknowingly interfered with the investigation," stated the report. "Coach Millen hindered the investigation by speaking with parents and providing advanced notice of pending actions."
 
Investigators also reported Millen went one step further to interefere.
 
"...the keys to Coach Millen's office were retrieved from him to prevent tampering with material integral to the integrity of the investigation," the report states.  "Although this information was clearly explained to him, Millen instructed a lay coach to enter his office and to remove material and electronic device."
 
"I was actually a little shocked," said Grady parent Kina Agnew.  Her son plays football at Grady and idolized Millen.
 
"The kids supported him," said Agnew.  "The kids are very loyal to him."
 
Agnew said she could understand why some parents might go to great lengths to get their children into a good school to secure a good education, but added she doesn't understand why some would do that just so their child could play football.
 
"When you're bending the rules or breaking or crossing some lines, then that's not a good situation," said Agnew.



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