A group of football players at a Wisconsin high school stand accused of abusing the prescription pain killer Oxycontin on game days, according to a report from a local news station.
As reported by Wasau CBS affiliate WSAW, five members of the Rhinelander High School football team have been accused of taking Oxycontin on game days during the regular season. The players were turned in to officials by their coach, who was informed of the drug use by an anonymous tipster.
The anonymous players in question have not been charged with any crimes, and may avoid official sanction because of the details in their personal statements; while all have admitted using the drugs on game days, none have willingly said that they used the game during home games.
That distinction means that they can’t be charged by Oneida County officials, and instead would have to face charges from authorities in the jurisdiction of the teams they were facing off against.
“The conduct was taking place prior to the game and after the game at a location either a locker room or maybe possibly on bus and then it was during away games and not during the actual home games or on school property or within Oneida County,” explained Lieutenant Lloyd Gauthier.
Meanwhile, there has been no confirmation that the players who used the pills have been suspended, though that would be keeping in form with school district policy.
This isn’t the first time this season that the Rhinelander football team has found itself in the national spotlight, though the previous incident was for all the right reasons. In late October, the Rhinelader freshman football squad inserted 8-year-old Gabe White for the team’s final play against Mosinee High. White, who was an honorary captain of the freshman squad, was allowed to score a touchdown against the Mosinee defense, creating a viral moment of good sportsmanship in the process.