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Basketball team upset after being disqualified for playing a girl

The team traveled to Myrtle Beach earlier this week to play in the NTBA Boys National Championships, but is no longer allowed to actually play. That's because Kymora isn't a boy. The team traveled to Myrtle Beach earlier this week to play in the NTBA Boys National Championships, but is no longer allowed to actually play. That's because Kymora isn't a boy.
Pink in protest, the Charlottesville Cavaliers sat on the sidelines Sunday, watching the championship game they thought they'd be playing in. Pink in protest, the Charlottesville Cavaliers sat on the sidelines Sunday, watching the championship game they thought they'd be playing in.
NTBA says its explanation is simple. The roster rules clearly state players must play with their gender. NTBA says its explanation is simple. The roster rules clearly state players must play with their gender.
"We remain in disbelief and shock,” said Jessica Thomas-Johnson, parent of Kymora Thomas-Johnson. "We remain in disbelief and shock,” said Jessica Thomas-Johnson, parent of Kymora Thomas-Johnson.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A visiting youth basketball team now wants to boycott a Myrtle Beach tournament after the team was disqualified for having a girl on the roster.

Wearing pink in protest, the Charlottesville Cavaliers sat on the sidelines Sunday, watching the championship game they thought they'd be playing in. 

"We remain in disbelief and shock,” said Jessica Thomas-Johnson, parent of Kymora Thomas-Johnson.

The team traveled to Myrtle Beach earlier this week to play in the NTBA Boys National Championships, but is no longer allowed to actually play. That's because Kymora isn't a boy. 

"I know it wasn't my fault because all my teammates said it,” Kymora said.

The team says it checked into the tournament earlier this week with Kymora on the roster, and believed she was able to play.

Then, just a day short of the championship game, the team was disqualified for playing Kymora.

"If you are going to disqualify us, the time to do that would have been at check in,” said Jessica Thomas-Johnson.

NTBA says its explanation is simple. The roster rules clearly state players must play with their gender. 

The tournament says it simply didn't catch the fact that the team was playing a girl until it was too late. It says it disqualified another team the day before for the exact same thing. 

Kymora's mom Jessica doesn't buy it, and says she's scared for what this is teaching both her daughter and her teammates. 

"I think to them and her, it says that you're not equal,” she said. That you're not good enough." 

NTBA says for regular season tournaments, it will grant a waiver to allow a girl to play on a boy’s team. 

Those waivers aren't available for the national championship, which is why the team could not play Kymora. 

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