High school JV basketball team beat up coach

(NJ.COM) Members of the Shabazz High School junior varsity boys basketball team repeatedly punched and kicked their coach in a violent attack in Newark following a game Tuesday night, officials confirmed to NJ Advance Media.

A video of the incident, obtained by NJ Advance Media, shows at least four players knocking the coach to the ground while punching and kicking him repeatedly outside the school. The video of the attack lasts about 25 seconds.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka told NJ Advance Media he visited Shabazz Thursday morning to address the situation with district Superintendent Roger León and administrators, coaches and players from the school.

The players involved in the altercation were immediately suspended, officials said.

“We support the superintendent and principal and will do what we can to make the rest of the year successful,” Baraka said in a statement to NJ Advance Media. “The actions of these students will not be tolerated. It does not represent the majority of the school. The school and team have great kids. Many of them go on to college and on to do great things.” READ MORE

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