A high school football coach in California is under fire for allegedly hitting a junior varsity athlete before a team practice, and he is refusing to cooperate with area police in their investigation into the incident.
As reported by the Modesto Bee, Madera High varsity head football coach Bonner Cunnings is under fire for allegedly hitting one of the school’s junior varsity players before a practice on Oct. 12. Making matters worse, Cunnings refused to give a statement to Madera Police when they reached out in the early stages of the investigation into the incident.
According to the Bee, a witness told his parents, who notified the parents of the alleged victim. The parents of the victim then called police and the district.
That refusal to cooperate with the course of a regular investigation did little to alleviate pressure on the coach internally, with Madera Superintendent Ed Gonzalez placing Cunnings on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the police investigation into the incident, as well as a separate investigation that was commissioned by the district itself.
In the meantime, it is now a viable question to wonder whether Cunnings will return to the Madera sideline during the 2015 season, or even any point thereafter when one listens to the official statement provided by Gonzalez.
“We take this allegation very seriously,” Gonzalez told the Bee. “The health and safety of our students is a paramount priority.”