A former high-school football player wants $4 million in legal damages after his coaches allegedly forced him to eat pizza covered in pork grease, according to a lawsuit.
The apparent pizza punishment, levied because the student missed a mandatory weight-lifting session, violated the student’s religious beliefs, he claimed in a federal court papers.
The student, identified only as K.W., is a Black Hebrew Israelite, a faith which forbids consuming pork or pork residue, according to the litigation filed in Ohio.
K.W. was a starter on the football team at McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, but after he skipped a mandatory weight-lifting session, he was confronted with a large pepperoni pizza, the suit says.
Head coach Marcus Wattley — who has