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An attorney representing former Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong says he plans to file an injunction this week asking the school to allow Armstrong to practice with the team until the NCAA determines if he has violated any bylaws.
"Miami made a unilateral decision to dismiss Ray-Ray without NCAA process," attorney Matt Morgan of Orlando said. "We believe Miami is using Ray-Ray as a sacrificial lamb to the NCAA."
According to Morgan, Armstrong was dismissed after several incidents. Armstrong attended a dinner with his girlfriend, who works for a public relations firm and whose dinner payment was called into question. Another time, according to Morgan, Armstrong was at a South Florida hotel with his girlfriend. When questioned, he failed to admit being there before then saying he was, but that she paid for the room.
In at least two instances, Armstrong's use of social media led to questions from the school. According to a source, Armstrong's alleged receipt of a sports jersey at one point was also called into question.
Miami, which declined comment, is being investigated by the NCAA for illegal benefits allegedly accepted by many players over many years from a prominent former booster. The NCAA has interviewed Armstrong on multiple occasions, according to a source.
"Why should Ray-Ray's draft status be affected?" Morgan said. "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?"
In past cases such as one involving former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, being found to have lied or misled the NCAA or a school has been considered a violation of NCAA rules.
In a statement provided by Morgan, Armstrong said: "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."