HS player who swung helmet at opponent at the center of another controversy

HS player who swung helmet at opponent at the center of another controversy


HS player who swung helmet at opponent at the center of another controversy


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Joey Cominsky, the Hamburg (Pa.) quarterback who could face criminal charges for ripping off an opponent's helmet and beating him in the head with it two weeks ago, finds himself at the center of controversy once again.

NBC Philadelphia reports that a new video of Cominsky has been released, this one showing Cominsky firing footballs at a teammate during practice, allegedly at the urging of his coach, Joe Sinkovich. A former Hamburg player shot the video on his cellphone and showed it to his mother, who decided the video should be included as evidence in the investigation of Cominsky's helmet-swinging episode.

“[Sinkovich] told him to throw the ball at the boy’s chest or stomach, knowing how fast the quarterback throws,” the player's mother, Karen Hoagland, told the station. “He allowed four more balls to be thrown until it hit the kid. To me, he’s putting kids’ lives at risk every day when something like that is allowed to go on.

“I think if the coaches would be held more accountable for what happened, this stuff wouldn’t happen on the field. I hope the coach is reprimanded and not allowed to coach the boys anymore, put anymore boys at risk or influence anymore kids.”

The Reading Eagle reports that Cominsky has been practicing with the team. The quarterback sat out last week's game per PIAA rules, but school officials would not comment on Cominsky's situation, including his status for Friday's game against Fleetwood.

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