Judge Denies Motion To Lift Game Suspensions Of 9 Wayne Football Players

WAYNE, NJ (CBSNewYork) — A superior court judge has denied the motion to stay the suspensions of nine high school football players from Wayne that prevents them from playing this weekend’s state championship game.

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The case has been deferred to the New Jersey State Department of Education, which will hear the case on Thursday.

The school board voted to suspend the Wayne Hills players for their alleged role in a fight last month involving students from Wayne Valley.

The lawsuit claimed the district didn’t have the authority to punish students for off-campus behavior.

Lawyers for the nine players say they are innocent until proven guilty and that barring them from this Saturday’s game will do irreparable harm.

“If these kids don’t play, everyone is going to know who they are and five months from now, a lot of these cases are going to be dismissed,” said attorney Ronald Ricci.

The suit wanted the suspensions stopped until the criminal charges are resolved.

The football players are facing assault charges stemming from that alleged fight.

What do you think? Sound off below…

  • Occupy a library STUDY

    Wayne, NJ? SAVAGES!!!! DON’T LET THEM PLAY. THEY HAVE THE REST OF THEIR LIVES TO THINK ABOUT IT. Ohh, but it may hurt their chances for a scholarship! WORK for it like the rest of the 53%. Nah, don’t do that just occupy something and whine about it. THAT should work.

  • sussie

    What are we talking about here. Nine (9) dopes. Well if they take their jock strap off and take one kick in the nuts than maybe they will learn a lesson. To baby them (which they are babies) and now crying because they can’t play: TO BAD. These little creeps learned it from theeir parents. Why do you think mommy and daddy are trying to bail them out. Lawyers, I would kick them in the A– before paying money for a creepy lawyer.Now those who had an altercation with these numnuts know that their families have money if they are willing to hire a lawyer so they can play a football game.

  • Bullett

    I think some of these “macho” boys need to watch a movie called “Remember the Titans”. The movie focus is on respect for each other both on and off the field of play. Something their parents & coach’s failed to teach.

  • karen

    any extracurricular activity is a privilege, and NOT a right. hopefully there is a clearer code of conduct that is VERY specific as to what is and is not acceptable behavior, violation of team/club rules. anyone participating must sign as well as the parents. there should be no “mulligans.” entitlement is not the right attitude. in an era of over technology, over privileging, it’s time to get back to basics.

  • Football is a game

    We are talking about a football game that means nothing what about the real victims here.There parent are just as braindead as these kids.The coach should be fired too what kind of role model is that loser.

    • Aunt Tootz Told Me So

      I have nastier solutions for the parents and the coach, but this, after all a public forum. Wait until these nimrods get out in life. They’ll crumble.

  • Billy

    They should not play. A bunch of Mommy boys who think they can do what they want because they on on the FOOTBALL team. Well guess what a big game is ahead of them and they are like little babies. Mommy I want to play. So Mommy and Daddy go out an get a lawyer and pay a lot of money because little stupid decided that getting into an altercation with others was more important then the game itself. Wake up America, let them pay the price now and maybe they will learn there lesson.Hopefully they will turn out well instead of Jail Birds. Maybe Mommy and Daddy should wait up also. Better use of your money than on lawyers. LIKE EDUCATION.

  • NickG

    It’s ridiculous that these many people care about a HS football game. The life lesson is more important. Keep them suspended and get on with your lives. And the innocent until proven guilty argument is silly. No one is throwing them in jail.

  • Howard White

    playng football is not a guaranteed right. If the ignorant coach had done his job this would all be settled. The little boys would never go against coach. That is unamerican

    Whether they play or not is totally separare from everything else. They don’t deserve to play, spoiled little jerks.

  • Mark Russo

    They should be kicked-off the football team, suspended from school, taken away from their family and put into foster homes and their parents deported to Russia.
    Look what inaction did in Pennsylvania, all for the sake of football.

    • Linda Freedmen

      That’s really harsh.
      We should wait till
      someone gets killed.

  • Surfin Bird

    Jean that doesn not matter.

    • Michael H.

      Of course it matters. THis isn’t a society where we are guilty until proven innocent.

      • Surfin Bird

        Michael H. you are wrong.

        I have read many instances wehre students were supended from playing sports due to criminal cases pending against.

        Are you were friends with these bunch of mifiits?

        Shamw on you.

        • Aunt Tootxz Told Me

          You are too patient and kind, Surfin. This is why we have the moral breakdown we do in this country. Nothing is wrong anymore… no more penalties! If these football “boyz” had any common sense or brains, they would bow out gracefully, but you KNOW how pride works!

        • Michael H.

          Shame on me? What about the Duke lacrosse players who had their college careers ruined?

          • philjourdan

            Awwwwwww, yes… those pooooor Dukie boys!!!

          • Richard Tracey

            are you talking about those poor Duke boys cited for underage drinking, gambling, hiring a prostitute? Those kids were suspended from school and the team because they were guilty of conduct code violations. yes lets remember the duke case

            • Aunt Tootz Told Me So

              Thank you, Richard!

  • DarthEVaderCheney

    They shouldn’t even be allowed to be in school! No more football for these guys!

  • Jean

    Had these youths been convicted or have a history of this kind of behavior then by all means they should be kept from playing and pay the price. But from what I have read they were accused, not convicted. Keeping them from playing and then finding out they did nothing wrong is much too bitter a pill to swallow. Anyone remember the lacrosse players at Rutgers?

  • jack

    I went to that school briefly. Not enough details in this story to properly give an opinion.

  • Joan C

    Playing on a school team comes with added responsibilities, including conducting onesef in a manner that would not shed a negative light on the school. The mere fact that these students were somehow iimplicated in this legal action is enough for the board to properly suspend them. A bitter pill for the players to swallow, but hey, life’s tough sometimes. Might as well learn this now.

  • Michael H.

    No convictions yet? Why are these students being punished for a crime they have yet to be convicted of?

    • Surfin Bird

      they should not be allowed to play.

      • Michael H.

        Why not? They have yet to be convicted of a crime.

        • JC in NJ

          So what if a kid is charged with a felony because pipe bomb materials had been found in his room? He hasn’t been convicted yet? Does the fact that he’s “innocent until proven guilty” keep the school from suspending the student?

          Different places on the same slippery slope.

          • philjourdan

            Thank you!!!

        • Wayne

          Since when is the criminal aspect the only impetus to decide if someone is to be suspended from scholastic extracurricular activities. Truancy, Lateness, failing grades, fighting, bullying , inappropriate behavior are all considered in suspensions , why are you hung up on criminality?

        • Paul R

          Please, please, please do no confuse suspending them from the football team with throwing them in jail. Those punishments involve two very different standards of proof. Even if no criminal charges stick, and even if they are ultimately exonerated of any wrong doing, the mere fact that they have been implicated in such a controversy is enough to revoke their football playing privileges. Even if all charges are dropped or reduced, it doesn’t change the fact that they were not behaving as responsible ambassadors to the school, which should be the charge of every student athlete in the country.

    • Jersey Boy

      Hey, in NJ nothing is more important than a football game. Make sure they all start the game.

      • philjourdan

        Smart judge!!! Bench the little weenies for the season, heh heh heh!

    • Wayne Res

      Don’t worry, they’re not being punished. Hopefully there will be jail time for those found guilty and then all will realize what punishment actually is. Missing a football game should not be a big concern to anyone right now.

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