Eight high school football coaches in Ohio were fired for allegedly forcing a Jewish player to eat pork as a punishment for missing practice, according to reports Friday.
Head coach Marcus Wattley and seven assistant coaches at McKinley Senior High School in Canton had initially been suspended after allegedly ordering the 17-year-old to eat an entire pizza with pepperoni residue against his religious beliefs, according to the Canton Reporter.
The city school board voted unanimously Thursday not to renew Wattley’s coaching contract, after an investigation found he had engaged in “inappropriate, demeaning, and divisive behavior” during the May 24 incident, the local paper reported.
Seven assistant coaches also lost their jobs.
“The investigation found that the identified coaches engaged in actions that constituted inappropriate, demeaning, and divisive behavior in a misguided attempt to instill discipline in the student-athletes,” district Superintendent Jeff Talbert said in a statement.
Eight members of the coaching staff on McKinley Senior High School’s football