A boys basketball program in Tennessee is under fire after three players were dismissed and another required surgery in one connected incident.
As reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press and Tennessee ABC affiliate WTAE, among other sources, three Ooltewah teenagers have been banned from the program following an incident that occurred at a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tenn. While the specific nature of the purported hazing has not been disclosed, WTAE reported that the victim was transferred from LeConte Medical Center, where he was initially treated, to University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he had to undergo surgery for the injuries he suffered in the incident.
Ooltewah was staying in Gatlinburg to compete in a tournament in the Tennessee city.
While much more needs to be learned about the alleged hazing incident in question, Ooltewah athletic director Jessee Nayadley made it clear that he and other school officials wasted no time in responding to the troubling actions after they became aware of them. Here’s what Nayadley told the Times Free Press.
“It’s still an ongoing investigation, but I can confirm that there was an incident involving three of our boys’ basketball players apparently hazing another teammate,” Nayadley said. “The younger player was injured and he was hospitalized. We have informed the three who were responsible that they are no longer on the team.
“We can’t give names because they’re under 18 years of age, and since we’re out of school for the holidays we haven’t met yet to determine how they will be punished at school. But as far as athletically, those three young men are no longer a part of the Ooltewah basketball team.”