N.J. coach suspended for allegedly housing six players

February 9, 2017 / Athletic AdministrationBasketball
A New Jersey high school basketball coach is under investigation after state officials apparently discovered as many as six of his players living at his home. 

Paterson Eastside High School boys basketball coach Juan Griles has been suspended while the state athletic association conducts its investigation. According to a report from NorthJersey.com, Griles had been housing six foreign-born players at his house, and at least five of the six listed his address as their official residence. 

The living arrangement would be a violation of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s rules and, if a violation occurred, any games the players took part in would be forfeited. 

According to NJ.com, there are also questions about the welfare of the student-athletes. 

From the article:

Several people within the school district expressed concern about the players, fearful the boys were being moved from place to place without concern for their welfare. One player, a source within the district said, was told he needed to leave the condo because the food now belonged to another player who had just arrived. Another player was in tears at school because he feared being sent away.

One player said Griles did not provide enough food in the house and that dinner was spaghetti for “a whole two weeks” or “just a loaf of bread to last two people for like two weeks.” The player, who also spoke on the condition his name not be used, said the teens sometimes would seek out food at a local church, often had to fend for themselves on weekends and that “we didn’t eat anything” on Thanksgiving.

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