SATURDAY: Everything you need to know surrounding the Sayreville, N.J. football hazing probe

SATURDAY: Everything you need to know surrounding the Sayreville, N.J. football hazing probe

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SATURDAY: Everything you need to know surrounding the Sayreville, N.J. football hazing probe

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Sayreville superintendent  of schools Richard Labbe talking to the press after the parents meeting Monday. / Ed Pagliarini, Gannett New Jersey

Sayreville superintendent of schools Richard Labbe talking to the press after the parents meeting Monday. / Ed Pagliarini, Gannett New Jersey

Sayreville (N.J.) scandal: Will coaches face charges?

Like everyone else, Tony Celii has been watching the Sayreville High School football scandal unfold from afar. But as a former Assistant District Attorney in the Trial Division of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office from 2000-2003, the Scotch Plains resident and former Livingston High School football player has some expertise into how such a criminal case might unfold.
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Seven Sayreville (N.J.) football players charged in hazing scandal

Seven members of the Sayreville (N.J.) football team are facing charges for their roles in a hazing scandal that caused school officials to cancel the remainder of the season earlier this week.

Six of the players were detained Friday night on charges that included aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal restraint, and hazing, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Sayreville Police Chief John Zerowski said in a news release. A seventh player was being sought Friday night.
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Paddling reportedly occurred when Sayreville’s Najjar coached at high school in Brooklyn

Sayreville isn’t the only high school where initiation rituals are alleged to have occurred under football coach George Najjar’s watch.

Several former student-athletes who played for Najjar when he coached at Brooklyn’s Abraham Lincoln High School during the 1980s “recounted initiation rituals during preseason camp that included Animal House-style paddling of underclassmen by upperclassmen,” according to an NJ Advance Media report.
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Penn State coach James Franklin monitoring Sayreville situation

Penn State University head football coach James Franklin said after practice on Wednesday that he is monitoring the situation at Sayreville High School, where a member of his incoming recruiting class is Myles Hartsfield, a senior running back and defensive back.
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Sayreville fallout: Coaches need to have team’s pulse to stop bullying

Bob Ladouceur’s teams at De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) finished the season as the No. 1 team in the Super 25 football rankings five times. He stepped down as head coach last season, but is still an assistant with the Spartans and says there’s a simple method to prevent bullying on sports teams.
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New details emerge in Sayreville (N.J.) football scandal; coach remains mum

Sayreville High School football coach George Najjar had no comment Wednesday after being read over the phone the reported details of an alleged sexual activity that took place within his locker room. The alleged details, which NJ Advance Media reported on Wednesday afternoon, according to the parent of a player on the team, happened almost every day in the locker room this fall.
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Report: Sayreville (N.J.) football scandal might involve lewd behavior

As dozens of Sayreville High School football players and their parents gathered at a school board meeting on Tuesday night to protest the district’s decision to shut down the program, a national media outlet, citing a source close to the investigation, said law enforcement is looking into whether upperclassmen digitally penetrated underclassmen on the team.
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NJSIAA monitoring investigation of Sayreville football team

Sayreville, N.J., canceled the rest of its football season on Monday because of an ongoing criminal investigation regarding harassment and bullying. While the outcome of the investigation may take a while, the impact is immediate on the school and its opponents. USA TODAY High School Sports talked with Steven Timko, the executive director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, about the Sayreville situation.
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Sayreville schools chief will limp through this fire

Upon first glance, Rich Labbe, with his svelte appearance and coke-bottle glasses, looks more like a highly educated man than a hard-nosed football player, but at one time, he was a combination of both.
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Sayreville superintendent sent crucial message: We can set the standard

It was a big, bold statement, the kind you have to read twice because of its magnitude.

“We can set the standard right now for all kids, for all school districts in Middlesex County, in the state and in the nation, that we are not going to stand around and allow kids to do this to one another,” Sayreville superintendent Rich Labbe said Monday night.
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Sayreville cancels football season: Social media reacts

As Sayreville officials announced that the remainder of the New Jersey football power’s 2014 season would be cancelled amidst a widespread hazing investigation, social media sprung into full-fledged reaction mode. Here’s what people were saying about the surprising and controversial decision.
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N.J. football power Sayreville cancels season amid bullying investigation

SAYREVILLE, N.J. – Citing substantial and credible evidence that the storied Sayreville football program was rife with pervasive and wide-scale incidents of alleged harassment, intimidation and bullying, the rest of the team’s 2014 season has been canceled.
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Parents and students look into the conference room during press conference at the Selover School in South Amboy. / Mark R. Sullivan, Gannett New Jersey

Parents and students look into the conference room during press conference at the Selover School in South Amboy. / Mark R. Sullivan, Gannett New Jersey

Embattled Sayerville (N.J.) coach gets support from alums at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – His program in turmoil, embattled Sayreville (N.J.) High School football coach George Najjar received an unequivocal vote of confidence from inside the Rutgers football locker room Saturday night.
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Prosecutor investigates hazing at New Jersey football power

SAYREVILLE – The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and borough police are investigating allegations “of a significant and serious nature” among players on the Sayreville High School football team, one of the state’s top programs.
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