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Calif. high school athletes sue for right to play indoor sports

California Governor Gavin Newsom wears a face mask as he prepares to give a briefing after touring a Covid-19 vaccination site on February 22, 2021 in Long Beach, California. - US President Joe Biden will lead a remembrance ceremony Monday to mark the dark milestone of 500,000 American Covid-19 deaths, but plans for easing the lockdown in Britain and a surge in vaccinations worldwide prompted growing optimism. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

California Governor Gavin Newsom wears a face mask as he prepares to give a briefing after touring a Covid-19 vaccination site on February 22, 2021 in Long Beach, California. - US President Joe Biden will lead a remembrance ceremony Monday to mark the dark milestone of 500,000 American Covid-19 deaths, but plans for easing the lockdown in Britain and a surge in vaccinations worldwide prompted growing optimism. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) wore a face mask as he prepared to give a briefing after touring a COVID-19 vaccination site on February 22, 2021 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 4:30 PM PT – Tuesday, March 2, 2021

A group of high school athletes sued Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) to play indoor high school sports. On Monday, Orange County student athletes filed a lawsuit against Newsom’s indoor sports ban, alleging a violation of their 14th Amendment equal protection rights.

Last week, a San Diego County judge issued a temporary restraining order against the governor’s restrictions, allowing indoor youth sports to play with strict precautions in place.

The indoor ban only concerns California’s youth sports, while college and professional sports have already resumed.

“They can’t say that it’s okay for the college kids to play, and not okay for the high school kids to play,” Brad Graham, the parent of a student athlete said. “The time to move forward is now, we don’t believe there’s evidence that the kids couldn’t go back tomorrow. There’s not a huge risk to these kids, especially if we follow the same protocols that the college and pros follow.”

The law firm representing the teens said it plans to spread the San Diego victory across the state to ensure high school students have the same rights as college and professional athletes.

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