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Attorney: Ray-Ray Armstrong plans to file injunction for reinstatement with Miami Hurricanes

 
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The Ray-Ray Armstrong saga is still going strong.

An attorney representing the former University of Miami Hurricanes safety said Tuesday night that he plans to file an injunction later this week to reinstate Armstrong to the Hurricanes football team.

The Orlando-based attorney, Matt Morgan, sent a tweet to The Miami Herald on Tuesday, saying, "We do not agree with the way they have handled Ray Ray. A very talented athlete's career is at stake.''

In an interview by phone shortly afterward, Morgan said he believed UM was using Armstrong as "a sacrificial lamb.''

"Here you've got Miami making a decision on its own to kick him off the team without the NCAA telling them to,'' Morgan said. "You ask why? I believe it's because they're under investigation by the NCAA.

"We're saying MIami is offering up a sacrificial lamb in Ray-Ray.''

Armstrong, who would have been a senior in 2012, was dismissed from the team last month for an undisclosed reason. Armstrong's father told The Miami Herald it was because Armstrong initially lied, and then told the truth, to UM officials about being at a Miami Beach hotel with his girlfriend — the owner of a public relations company that represents professional athletes.

"The underlying issue is Ray-Ray was at a hotel with his girlfriend, the girlfriend picked up charges to her personal credit card, so there is no NCAA violation,'' Morgan said. "They're thinking an agent is putting him up in the room but it turns out to be his girlfriend. You can't avoid hanging out with your girlfriend just because her occupation happens to be a PR person.''

Armstrong was suspended last season in connection to the NCAA case involving UM's relationship with former booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro, who allegedly showered dozens of former UM players with improper benefits over several years.

Morgan provided the following statement from Armstrong: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with the University of Miami. I hope they reconsider their decision and allow me to play football as a Hurricane this season.''

Chris Freet, UM's associate athletic director for communications and marketing, said UM had not heard from the lawyer as of Tuesday night, and that he had no other comment.

Morgan said the injunction is "three-quarters of the way completed.''

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