Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell honored a bet with a Wisconsin fan to be her prom date, but the girl's school won't allow him to attend because he violates district's age policy.
The reasons the Waukesha School District laid out for why Bell can not escort 17-year-old Waukesha West (Wisc.) junior Ava Tarantino are two-fold, the first being he's too old to attend.
Tarantino tweeted her invitation in a dare of sorts in which she laid down the terms: If she could get 500 retweets, he'd agree to be her date for prom.
But on Wednesday, district leaders released a statement saying that Bell could attend the public events - which include a parade - but not the actual dance because he's older than 19 and they ban "dance guests who have been involved in drug, alcohol of violent criminal incidents".
"You can Google Mr. Bell", spokeswoman Terry Schuster said.
Tarantino's father, Jim, said he hoped the school would make an exception for Bell because the nature of his attendance is as a celebrity, not a normal prom date.More news: Wenger isn't leaving Arsenal, says Primorac
Jim Tarantino doesn't know the details of Bell's past, but he wonders if Bell speaking to students about overcoming mistakes would be beneficial.
Bell was arrested on DUI and marijuana possession charges in August of 2014.
"We have to be equitable in the way we treat our students", Schuster said.
Bell was suspended for three games at the start of this season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Bell saw the tweet and said he'd do it - but only if she got 600 retweets.
Bell has told her he intends to bring his family, including his mother and girlfriend, who will do Tarantino's makeup, according to media reports.
"I'm one of the biggest Le'Veon Bell fans", Tarantino said. It says Ava's parents must fill out a form giving Bell permission to attend prom with Ava.