What the Foul?
LINDEN, NEW JERSEY — A Linden High School senior varsity football starter has been kicked off the team and suspended from school for ripping off a rival player's helmet and smacking him in the head with it on last Friday night's game between Linden and Immaculata High School, CBS 2 reported.
During the second quarter of the game, a dead play was flagged by referees after offensive lineman Fritz Moncion tore off the helmet of Immaculata junior David Hoffman and struck him in the forehead with it. According to USA Today HSS, Moncion was not ejected from the game because the officials said they didn't see the dirty foul. Hoffman had to get 10 stitches for the injury, and Moncion was suspended for 10 days following the incident. He was also kicked off the football team and may face criminal charges, CBS 2 reported. Immaculata won the game 26-6.
Linden Superintendent Danny Robertozzi released a statement saying: "The Linden Public School District is extremely disheartened by the incident at the Varsity Football Game between Linden and Immaculata High Schools on Friday, September 11, 2015. The Board of Education is appalled by the conduct of this student athlete. His action on the field is contrary to the type of sportsmanship Linden requires from its student athletes. The brutal action taken by this young man is simply unacceptable and will not be condoned. Accordingly, the Board is pursuing the severest disciplinary measures permitted under law and has removed this student from the football team. In addition to the stern action to be taken against this student, the Board shall stress with all of its student athletes that such egregious conduct will not be tolerated and that all athletes must adhere to the highest level of proper sportsmanship that has always been the hallmark of Linden sports.
"While disciplinary consequences have been imposed against this student, the Board cannot lawfully comment on the specific disciplinary action being taken. As a public school student, this young man is entitled to certain due process and confidentiality rights that prevent the Board from commenting more specifically on the actions being taken. Accordingly, the Board asks that the Public respect the legal restraints that limit the Board's ability to more fully discuss this incident."