Disturbing hazing allegations in suburban Pittsburgh have created a situation that can only be considered a total quagmire, with a team’s season coming to a natural end as controversy swirled all around it.
As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and NBC affiliate WPXI, the Leechburg High School basketball team fell to Monessen, 95-31, in the WPIAL playoffs, effectively ending its season. The loss came despite the inclusion of three players who had been suspended pending the results of an investigation into hazing allegations against the program. While no firm details about the hazing allegations have come to light, the Leechburg police chief Mike Diebold described them as, “disturbing and shocking,” to WPXI.
Amidst this investigation, a blackmail threat was reportedly mailed to an unnamed member of the Leechburg school board, stipulating that delicate information would be released if the school’s basketball coach, Damian Davies were fired.
Diebold’s only comments on the ongoing investigation — which focus on the three suspended players and two teammates — were opaque by their nature, but underscored the seriousness of the accusations and ongoing investigation.
“The Leechburg Police Department and its educational/law enforcement partners continue to investigate these allegations. At this time, I strongly encourage the public not to reach a conclusion in one direction or another until this investigation is concluded and information is made public.
“This is a serious investigation, and anyone that attempts to impede the investigation, witnesses or victims will be prosecuted. In the state of Pennsylvania, it is unlawful to exercise improper influence in official matters, retaliate against an official for taking official action, intimidate a witness or victim, retaliate against a witness or victim and to obstruct the administration of law.”