A GoFundMe page has been established for the 15-year-old boys’ basketball player from Tennessee who was the victim of an alleged hazing that landed three of his ex-teammates in juvenile detention.
An Ooltewah (Tenn.) High School freshman’s colon and bladder ruptured after he was beaten and sodomized with a pool stick while staying at a rental cabin with his team during a holiday basketball tournament in Gatlinburg, Tenn., according to multiple reports. Three players who have since been kicked off the team were charged with aggravated rape and assault in the alleged hazing.
A relative of the victim established a GoFundMe page that has raised almost $7,000 in four days.
My nephew was hospitalized over the holidays!! His mother has to take unpaid leave from work to be with him while he recovers! Any amount donated would be greatly appreciated!!
Meanwhile, more details of the alleged hazing are emerging. In addition to the 15-year-old, three other players were allegedly hazed, according to Chattanooga’s Times Free Press. A source told the newspaper three chaperones — Ooltewah coach Andrew Montgomery, his wife and an assistant coach — were on the trip, but not in the cabin’s basement, where the assault allegedly occurred.
“I have no reason to believe the coaches did anything wrong,” Ooltewah athletic director Jesse Nayadley told the Times Free Press. “We’ve heard nothing that would give us any reason to look at coach Montgomery.”
The alleged perpetrators remain in Sevier County Juvenile Detention Facility and will be charged as juveniles, according to reports. As minors, their names will not be released. The Ooltewah boys’ basketball team has played four games since the boy was taken to the hospital on Dec. 22.