Who is Marcus Wattley?
Marcus Wattley is the head football coach at McKinley Senior High School in Canton, Ohio, who alongside his seven assistant coaches were suspended after they allegedly forced a 17-year-old Jewish student to eat pepperoni pizza as punishment, according to reports.
The eight coaches were placed on their forced leave as of last week.
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How old is Marcus Wattley?
Marcus Wattley is believed to be in his late 30s.
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According to a Daily Mail report, which quotes Canton Repository, the coaches had forced the student to eat the pork on May 28.
The student had reportedly missed the practice because of suffering from a sore shoulder. Ed Gilbert, the attorney who represents the 17-year-old revealed on Tuesday, June 1 said that the teenager and his family were Jewish and did not eat pork.
The attorney revealed that the student was ordered to sit in the middle of the school gym and was forced to eat an entire pepperoni pizza.
The victim’s teammates as well as the coaches reportedly yelled at him while he ate the pizza.
Canton City Schools have made the decision to fire seven football coaches, including head coach Marcus Wattley.
This decision is a direct result of the coaches forcing a student to eat a pepperoni pizza as punishment, despite religious objections. pic.twitter.com/D8N0Mqpbb5
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It was also revealed that he was allowed to remove a bit of the cheese and slices of pepperoni, but the pork residue remained on the pizza.
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The attorney said that the student’s position in the team would have been compromised and he might have also been forced to go through additional drills if he did not listen to his head coach. The attorney also added that the student was currently undergoing counseling.
Meanwhile, the Canton City Schools Superintendent Jeff Talbert confirmed that the coaches were suspended as of last week.
Canton City School District wrote on Facebook, “The safety and wellbeing of our students is our top priority. The incident calls into question whether appropriate team management, discipline, and player accountability infrastructures are in place.”
“The district is nearing the completion of its investigation regarding this incident.” The statement further added, “Once a conclusion is reached, in accordance with our commitment to transparency, the district will provide additional information.”