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Father wants answers in Ridgeway High scandal

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Dennis Price, Sr., the father of a Ridgeway High boys basketball player, wants answers into the scandal involving fake transcripts.

The Memphis high school recently discovered 18-year-old McKinzey's forged transcript and his desperation to earn a high school diploma. His actions forced the team to be disqualified from the Tennessee state boys basketball tournament.

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Since then, Price said the school system has tried to brush this under the rug. He wants someone to be held accountable and reprimanded. He said this messy situation is beyond the game.

"They had a very good chance, they had a very good chance, of winning and that being taken away that hurts," said Prince, whose son DJ was one of the Ridgeway High players who hoped to compete for a state championship.

The discovery of Sewell's forged transcript ruined their shot.   

"When I get the phone call he's crying talking about they've been tossed from the tournament, text messages from parents - it was a mess," Price said.

Since then, the school system hasn't held anyone accountable and he questions the transcript enrollment process.

"How did he get through the school system? There are so many check points. You're talking about registration, you talking about paperwork goes on from there to board of education, then you have roster from Coach (Wes) Henning that goes to TSSAA (Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association). How did he get through all of that?." the father said.

Price has contacted and personally visited the high school seeking a response but has not received a response.

"They have yet to respond," he said. "I think that's irresponsible."

The blame game between Sewell and his 34-year-old wife, who asked to be called Chaundrea Nicolle, has taken the focus away from the players, Price said.
   
Nicolle recently shared with FOX13 News parts of an audio recording she says she taped, which she says clears her name and pins Sewell for transcript forgery. Price says he met Nicolle through their children's basketball leagues.

Price said he is "very disappointed" in Nicolle "because she's been around us for a long time. She's been around our kids a long time and to take this chance, just shameful for lack of a better word; should've known better. I'm kind of done with those two. That's crazy if you really look at it, playing right into her hands. People like her they like exposure and she's getting it negative or not, that's what she's getting."

While the school system says there's an ongoing internal investigation, Memphis police say they're not investigating possible criminal charges for transcript forgery. Price says he's most disappointed in Ridgeway's principal.

"He may not be directly responsible but people under the school should've done some checking," he said.

While he says they don't plan to rush any decision, Price is concerned the scandal will turn over the team's leadership, specifically Coach Henning and possible retirement.

"Pretty tough on him, hadn't talked to him, leave him along at this time," Price said. "But I would think he would probably think about it."

Price says DJ will always remember the scandal by one of his teammates. It's an off the court play no one wants to repeat.

"We're not going to stop," Price said. "We're going to get to the bottom of this. Someone's going to answer us."

When asked about Nicolle's audio recording, Sewell's aunt said it was a set up. Police say the school system has not asked them to investigate the forgery.

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