The 2019 Division 2 state playoffs will be contested without the reigning two-time defending state champions.
The Warren De La Salle football team has forfeited its Nov. 1 predistrict game against Birmingham Groves following allegations of hazing among the team’s players, effectively ending the team’s season.
A report released Oct. 31 by the school states De La Salle officials earlier in the week became aware of a hazing incident involving the school football team and its players. An initial investigation was conducted, the report states, and found the hazing has "deeper roots, and is more pervasive than originally thought."
De La Salle President John M. Knight in a prepared statement said the school upholds values of human dignity, good sportsmanship and respect for all.
“At this time, as we continue our investigation, the school leadership feels that it is best that we take a step back from the field of competition,” Knight is quoted in the release. “We do so with sadness, but also with a heart, and mind, and spirit determined to do what is right — what is right for our young men, and what is right according to our Lasallian catholic values.”
The Pilots, who finished the regular season at 5-4, have won the last two D-2 state championships. The team also captured the D-2 crown in 2014.