High School Football
“Big Red” quarterback Trent Mays admitted in text messages that he used his hand to penetrate a 16-year-old girl and also sent messages to his buddies trying to persuade them to cover up what had happened.
Mays, 17, is one of two Steubenville, Ohio, high school football players accused of raping a West Virginia girl last summer. The other defendant is 16-year-old wide receiver Ma’Lik Richmond. Both players have been charged. Mays is also facing a charge of child pornography because he took photos of the victim that eventually leaked to social media.
“Just say she came to your house and passed out,” Mays texted the friend who hosted the party where the incident occurred. Defense lawyers for the young men are saying that the sex was consensual, but witnesses have said that girl was so wasted that she vomited and had difficulty walking and talking, according to The Daily News.
She also sent text messages that implied she was drugged. “Swear to God I don’t remember doing anything with them,” the girl wrote in a text message to a boy who supposedly witnessed the assaults. “I wasn’t being a slut. They were taking advantage of me.”
The case has received a lot of attention because some people have claimed that authorities are letting other players who saw what happened off the hook because high school football is such a huge part of the local community. One judge and one prosecutor were forced to recuse themselves from the case because they had connections to the team.
Outside of the courthouse on Thursday, two dozen protesters were holding signs in support of the girl and wearing the masks that have become the symbol of hacktivist group Anonymous. Earlier this year, the group posted a picture of the defendants carrying the girl by her ankles and wrists. If convicted, Mays and Richmond could be imprisoned in a juvenile jail until they turn 21.
Source: The Daily News
"It's not hard. White people: Do not wear blackface. Life will still be okay if you don't ever, ever, ever wear blackface. OKAY? GREAT."
Those were the sentiments of actress Martha Plimpton just a few days ago, after another well-known Hollywood actress, Jullianne Hough, was photographed in blackface at a Halloween event.
The Hough costume was just one of a number of recent “blackface” incidents, including one of a Massachusetts man dressed as Trayvon Martin, wearing blackening makeup on his face.
Plimpton’s words seem like good advice. There are quite literally thousands, if not millions, of possible Halloween costumes. Why do some white people insist on impersonating black people in a way that’s historically associated with racist mockery?
Whatever the reason, it happened yet again this week -- at a San Diego high school when two white football coaches dressed as the Jamaican bobsled team depicted in the movie Cool Runnings, complete with dark brown facial makeup.
Serra High coaches Brian Basteyns and Harold Seeley wore the makeup to a college football game on Saturday. One of the coaches even posted a photograph of the two of two of them to his Facebook page (see accompanying photo).
Basteyns is the team's head coach. Seeley is an assistant coach.
The San Diego Unified School Board promises an investigation into the incident.
“If there is inappropriate behavior, that needs to be dealt with by the superintendent and her staff,” Board Trustee John Lee Evans said. “We take these situations very seriously because we hold our employees to a very high standard.”
But Serra High players, including some who are African American, say the whole thing was a joke and they are not offended. In fact, they defend their coaches as positive role models.
"They always tell us good morals," said player Xavier Miller, who said the photo of his coaches made him laugh. "We always have to represent Serra football when we're outside of Serra."
Team captain Richard Price, also African American, and who also said he found the photo funny, said that Basteyns apologized to the team.
"He's an emotional guy, but I've never seen him break down like that," said Price, "He was really upset that these allegations were happening and he felt as if he really did something wrong and he really wanted to express to us his apologies."
Not everyone at the school is as sanguine about the incident.
History teacher Peggy Spates reflected the views of numerous parents, saying, “There's just certain things you don't do. You don't call people the N-word or any other racial epithet. You don't put black on your face. I don't care what team you're trying to represent."
SOURCES: ABC 10 News, NBC 7 San Diego, TV Guide, Associated Press
Rittman High School in northeastern Ohio has removed a football player from the team for the last two weeks of the season, and suspended him from school for four days after he wrote a poem for English class criticizing his team.
According to FOX 8, 16-year-old Nick Andre was punished after he read the poem out loud during class. The assignment, given last Friday in composition class, was to write a poem about something that made him angry. Andre's poem, titled “Stupid,” was about the 1-7 Rittman High School football team.
“Wrote a mean and disrespectful poem about another student and our athletic director/head coach,” Brett Lanz, the principal of the school said. The principal classified the poem as “hazing, harassment.”
Andre thinks he had a right to express himself. “Who am I harassing or hazing? I mean I didn’t state any names,” he told FOX 8.
Julie Andre, his mother, told the station that she was in a meeting with the school’s principal on Monday and he did not want to sign a suspension notification letter.
“All he could refer to was bullying. This poem was bullying, and my comment was, ‘Why would the teacher entertain this assignment because you know, you don’t know what you may get from teenage kids, so to me, I couldn’t understand bullying,” Julie Andre said.
Civil-rights attorney Avery Friedman, based in Cleveland, told the station he believes Nick Andre’s rights have been violated.
“The breadth of expression, even in public schools, is virtually limitless, unless speech is creating material disruption to the educational process, which certainly isn’t here,” Friedman said.
FoxSportsOhio.com reports, Andre's poem gave the impression that he was talking about Rittman coach Bill Dennis and his son Blake, a senior wide receiver.
Dennis and Rittman superintendent James Ritchie declined to comment.
Non stop passes from best friend to best friend,
Continuously doing what doesn't work,
The inability to separate being a father and a coach,
But yet still the "super star",
Where's my scholarship?
I can drop passes,
And be afraid to take a hit.
That’s top of the line Div. 1 material right there.
If that’s what they wanted,
They definitely got it.
This whole town will be glad when he’s gone.
For anyone who doesn’t understand what I’m saying,
A former high school football coach in Warren County, Ga., is suing after he says football players in Hancock County partnered with off-duty police to ambush and beat up his team.
Former coach David Daniel retired after he suffered injuries from a football brawl on Oct. 14, 2011. He was hit in the face with a helmet and had to have reconstructive surgery on his eyes. Now he’s asking for a jury trial in civil court.
Daniel said after a game in which his Warren Country Blue Devils beat Hancock Central 21 to 2, they were locked out of their visitor’s locker-room and then ambushed. He says a Hancock player hit him in the face with a helmet, when he attempted to stop him from beating up one of his players. He also claims three off-duty police officers sprayed his players with pepper spray.
The civil suit names Hancock County School District, former Hancock football player Kendrez Mayweather, and police officers Richard Mayweather, Tampa Lewis, and Patrick Williams.
"Upon seeing the Hancock Central and Warren County players running toward each other, defendants Richard Mayweather, Lewis and Williams, with deliberate indifference, ran in front of the Hancock County players and began spraying the Warren County players with pepper spray,” the complaint states. “The actions of defendants Richard Mayweather, Lewis and Williams disabled Warren County players but allowed the Hancock Central players to continue advancing and hitting the Warren County players."
His statements are hotly contested by Hancock supporters. Several witnesses claim they saw Daniel hit the Hancock player first, WRDW reported.
The suit seeks actual and punitive damages for violation of the right to due process, medical bills, lost income, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
"Mr. Daniel sustained serious personal injuries as a result of being struck in the face and head with a helmet by defendant Kendrez Mayweather," the complaint states. "Mr. Daniel's injuries include, but are not limited to a 'blow out' of the bones surrounding Mr. Daniel's right eye. Mr. Daniel was required to undergo extensive medical care and many surgical procedures for injuries to his eyes."