Black High School Football Players File Lawsuit After they Say They Were Targeted and Assaulted by Coach and Team Members of Mostly White Rival Team During Intense Game

“I remember the coach, in my face, grabbed my chest plate and say ‘I’m gonna f------ kill you,” Ricky Jean-Michel said. (WABC)
“I remember the coach, in my face, grabbed my chest plate and say ‘I’m gonna f—— kill you,” Ricky Jean-Michel said. (WABC)

Five black high school football players in Long Island say they were called the N-word, targeted and assaulted during an intense rivalry game in November, a bombshell lawsuit reveals.

Amityville High School eventually lost the game to Comsewogue High School in Suffolk County, but it was the cheap shots, taunting and eventual brawl that led the players to file suit, they told WABC-TV.

A late hit in the third quarter caused emotions to boil over into a sideline-clearing brawl that ended the game early and shut Amityville out of the playoffs.

But what happened during the fight, which the Amityville players call assault, proved the whole thing was prompted by racism, they say.

“They tried to hurt us,” Travon Duncan told the news station. “I was swarmed by not one, but three to four players.”

Video of the late hit, which cuts out after just a few seconds, shows the start of the fracas, including a Comsewogue player who sprints from across the field and decks an Amityville High player right in the back.

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