Mom Defends HS Player Who Swung Helmet To Hit Opponent: ‘His Hand Got Stuck’
So it's time once again in high school football to blame the victim, and play the "He called me the n-word" card. This time it's in New Jersey, where a player for Linden High tore off the helmet of a player from Immaculata High and swung it at him, hitting him in the head. That caused the Immaculata player to require 10 stitches.
Today we know that the Linden player's name is Fritz Moncion, 18, and he was suspended from school for 10 days and kicked off of the football team. This doesn't sit right with his mother, Anita McDuffy, who says that the other player was "spearing" her son and besides, his hand just got caught in the helmet and it was an accident. (See the video below). NJ.com:
"He really is apologetic about this. He said his hand got stuck in the helmet. I believe in my child," McDuffy told reporters at a news conference Thursday in front of the district office. "If it was so bad, which it was a bad incident, they should have taken him out of the game. They allowed him to play the third and fourth quarter. He apologized to the student."
Meanwhile, Dondi Givens, a family friend, said Moncion had complained to the referee during the game that the player on the Immaculata High School team was "spearing" him, or driving head first with his helmet. McDuffy added that her son told her that the Immaculata player repeatedly called him "the n-word". However, McDuffy said her son was not upset by the language, but rather by the alleged spearing.
Here's the incident.
Salaam Ismial, the director of the Elizabeth-based United Youth Council, said; "Things like this happen in football. He didn't go up to hurt this kid. They were two bulls tangling."
Yes. I grew up on a ranch, and I'll never forget those time when one bull swings a football helmet and hits the other bull in the head with it.
Ismial called Immaculata a "powerful" and "prestigious" school and said the school used its prominent position to encourage Linden officials, the NJSIAA and police to pursue the case. He said Moncion and his family have come under attack because of the video.
Linden police investigated the incident for possible criminal charges and turned over the results of their investigation to the Union County Prosecutor's Office.
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