Amidst growing calls for his resignation or termination after the explosive hazing scandal that has enveloped his football program, under fire Sayreville head football George Najjar broke his silence on Saturday.
“(Whether Najjar continues as coach) is something I need to work out with the administration,” Najjar told New Jersey Advance Media. “There will be a time and place to when I have something to say, but now is not the time. I need to sit down with the administration.”
While Najjar has finally spoken out, his comments do little to clarify his future, or give any indication of how much he knew of the hazing practices that allegedly unfolded under his watch. At times, Najjar’s silence has felt uncomfortably like the final days of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno’s reign at State College. His comments Saturday may have been intended to mitigate some of that imagery, even if his statement was hardly content rich.
In turn, his inaction has led to increasing calls from both the Sayreville community, high profile fellow coaches and other officials to remove Najjar from the coaching position he has held at Sayreville War Memorial High School for more than two decades.
“If he did not know what was going on, he should have known,” New Jersey Democratic Senator Raymond Lesniak told New Jersey Advance Media. “Based on what has come out, there needs to be a total housecleaning at the Sayreville athletic department.”