Eight Ohio high school football coaches forced a 17-year-old player to eat a whole pizza with pepperoni residue – a violation of his religion’s ban on eating pork, his family said.
McKinley High School in Canton suspended head coach Marcus Wattley and seven assistant coaches over the accusations — and the family said this week it’s planning to sue, reports said.
“It is just one of those situations that is just beyond comprehension in today’s society,” Ed Gilbert, an attorney for the family, told reporters on Tuesday.
“You don’t do these types of things.”
The 17-year-old was allegedly punished after missing a voluntary strength and conditioning practice May 20 due to an injury, The Canton Repository said.
Four days later, Wattley ordered the player to eat a pepperoni pizza in the gym as punishment – and said if he didn’t eat it his teammates would have to do additional work, The Repository said.
After the student said he was