Have we heard of worse high school hazing incidents? Of course. Should a coach always be fired when an hazing incident is uncovered on their team? No. It depends on whether it can be proven the coach knew and/or condoned the behavior and if there is reason to believe they could have prevented it.
This most recent hazing incident involves Scott Pearne, the now former head football coach at Jurupa Valley Patriot High School (CA). From the report in the Press Enterprise, the school district made a pretty quick decision to fire him after the incident came to light.
We also found the testimony of one school mom about the incident to the school board:
The district learned of the hazing allegations on Monday, Aug. 20, when a member of the community contacted school officials and later spoke during the public comment section of that night’s board meeting. In the video recording of the meeting on the district website, the female speaker said she was “delivering a casserole” to an event at the high school and “was shocked as a community member and just disgusted as a parent to see the behavior of these boys.
“I guess it was dress as a girl night, and all these boys were dressed up in girl attire. … There was one particular young man that had a, I don’t know if you know what a cheeky bathing suit is, but it actually shows your butt cheeks, and this boy’s butt cheeks were hanging out.”
Ever heard of Humbolt State University? Neither had we, until this report came out from Soccer America about them cancelling the entire 2012 season after an alleged hazing incident involving some heavy drinking came to light.
Division II Humboldt State suspended its men’s program for the 2012 as a result of a hazing ritual at an off-campus party where new players were ordered to perform humiliating acts and engage in heavy drinking.
“Following careful investigation including interviews with team members, the university has concluded that an incident of hazing did occur, and that it placed the lives of two students in real jeopardy,” Humboldt State president Rollin Richmond said in a letter to the campus. The announcement followed an investigation into the Aug. 4 incident of hazing and underage drinking at the party attended by more than 20 players from the Northern California school.
Seem extreme? Sometimes this is the only solution if you really want to get the point across that sports hazing will not be tolerated.
From our friends at TMZ:
U.S. Olympic track star Nick Symmonds just ran a mile in 5:15 … which isn’t very impressive … until you realize he chugged 4 BEERS along the way.
Symmonds was gunning for the world record in something called the “Beer Mile” … which requires athletes to chug an entire “full-sized” brewski at the beginning of the race … and another full can of suds at every quarter-mile mark along the way.
28-year-old Symmonds — who finished 5th in the 800m race at the Olympics in London — was hoping to break the world record, 5:09, set by Canadian marathon legend Jim Finalyson.
So, Tuesday in Oregon … armed with a case of Coors … Nick chased after the record, with a crowd of friends cheering on along the way … but despite his best effort, Symmonds came up 6 seconds short.
Still, Nick tells TMZ he won’t give up his dream … and plans to continue his training in hopes of winning the title some time in the near future.
Watch this hilarious video here: http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_87hep04n/#ixzz24MWmuc75