Former Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong is filing an injunction against the school that would allow him practice with the team until the NCAA determines if he has violated any bylaws, according to Armstrong’s lawyer.
Armstrong was booted from the team last month for undisclosed reasons, but rumors of Armstrong being in trouble had been circulating for weeks before the decision was made.
“Armstrong can continue to be enrolled as a scholarship student at UM to complete his degree or the University will grant him a full release should he elect to transfer to another institution,” a UM release stated.
However, InsideTheU.com previously reported that Armstrong revealed on Twitter that he had interactions with a booster.
“Miami made a unilateral decision to dismiss Ray-Ray without NCAA process,” Armstrong’s attorney, Matt Morgan, said via ESPN.com. “We believe Miami is using Ray-Ray as a sacrificial lamb to the NCAA.
“Why should Ray-Ray’s draft status be affected? Why should he have to play at a NAIA or Division II school this year when to my knowledge the NCAA has not concluded he even violated rules?”
Morgan specifically identified two instances: when Armstrong had dinner with his girlfriend, a public relations firm representative, last fall, and when Armstrong was with his girlfriend at a hotel. Who paid for Armstrong’s dinner was questioned and the safety was suspended one game.
Another time, according to Morgan, Armstrong was at a hotel with his girlfriend and who paid for the room was also questioned. To date, Armstrong has not faced any NCAA suspensions from either of those events. Miami won’t comment on, or clarify Armstrong’s dismissal if it is NCAA related, either — even if there was no infraction committed.
Armstrong was, however, suspended for the first four games of last season by the NCAA for taking benefits from former booster Nevin Shapiro. The Association’s investigation into the Miami athletics department related to the Shapiro story is currently ongoing.