A Jewish high school football player in Ohio was allegedly forced by his coach to eat pork — a violation of his religious beliefs — as a form of punishment.
According to 19 news in Cleveland, Ohio, coach Whattley Marcus and seven members of the football staff at McKinley High School forced a 17-year old boy to eat a pepperoni pizza after he missed a weight-lifting session in May.
“They order him to go into the gym. He sits in a chair,” family attorney Edward L. Gilbert said. “There is a pizza box on the floor. He picks up the pizza — they tell him he has to, as punishment, eat that whole pizza.”
Gilbert claimed that the football community knew that the boy did not eat pork due to his religious affiliation, and he was forced to do additional exercises after eating the pizza.
“In his view, the whole pizza was spoiled,” Gilbert said. “The whole pizza was something that could not