VIDEO: Linden football player seen bashing opponent with helmet kicked off team
The Linden High School football player caught on video slugging an opposing player with his own helmet has been removed from the team.
In a statement posted on the district website, school superintendent Danny A. Robertozzi says the action of Fritz Moncion's "action on the field is contrary to the type of sportsmanship Linden requires from its student athletes. Accordingly, the board is pursuing the severest disciplinary measures permitted under law and has removed this student from the football team."
Moncion, the student who slugged Immaculata's David Hoffman during Friday night's game, posted on his Instagram account earlier that he received a 10-day suspension from school and is "off the team for now. it wasn't purposely though" according to CBS New York, which showed a screenshot of the message. The account is currently private.
Meanwhile, Hoffman is recovering from the 10 stitches he received after the on-field attack and is being praised for how he handled himself.
Immaculata High School athletic director Thomas Gambino told NBC 4 New York the junior "handled himself with restraint and maturity at the time of the incident, upholding Immaculata's expectations for sportsmanship." Gambino also said the school has received an apology from Linden High representatives.
Linden Police's Juvenile Bureau is investigating the incident and whether to bring charges against Moncion.