Anthony Clarke is a freshman wide receiver on the high profile Boise State University football team, but has never played in a game. It’s possible he never will after this incident from days at Blackfoot High School in Idaho.
According to police, Clarke and four other former players, face a variety of sexual crime, battery and false imprisonment charges stemming from incidents (yes that’s plural on purpose) last year. According to a report in FoxSports.com, Mr. Clarke and the others “forcibly penetrated fellow members of the high school basketball team in addition to battering and restraining the victims in a locker room and on a school bus during a three-month period that began last December.” So this is not a one time “horseplay in the locker room” or “boys being boys.” It sounds like a systematic torture over an extended period of time. So far BHS officials haven’t said much about these alleged incidents, but they also haven’t tried to come out and whitewash them either.
Some reports are saying that additional victims are coming forward and more details will be out soon. But even with the horrific details already out there, this incident has still divided the small town of Blackfoot, ID between those that support the victims and those that think that what goes on in the locker room should stay hidden from view . . . no matter how disgusting it gets. The five former players are scheduled to appear in 7th District Court on Dec. 23. Merry Christmas!
FYI – According to Wikipedia, the BHS football team won state titles in both 2007 and 2009, so this is a very high profile program in the state of Idaho.