St. Joseph High School suspends football coach for racist video made by players

The New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association is investigating as well.

Tim Jimenez
October 11, 2018 - 8:06 am
St. Joseph's Jayden Shertel talks with coach Paul Sacco during Saturday's football game against Vineland at Bill Bending Field in Hammonton, Oct. 6, 2018.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — St. Joseph High School in Hammonton, which has one of the most prominent football teams in South Jersey, has suspended long-time head coach Paul Sacco for two games because of a racially offensive video some of his players recorded.

Fr. Allain B. Caparas, the school's president and principal, said in a statement that a video posted on social media showed several football players using "foul and racially offensive" language directed at Haddonfield High School's football team. According to multiple reports in the Inquirer and the Press of Atlantic City, the video was recorded in Sacco's home two weeks ago.

School officials say Sacco should have been supervising the players. Along with his two-game suspension, he can no longer host the team at his house. According to published reports, Sacco has had a long-running tradition of having players over at his house for pizza Friday nights. He prepares for the game with his assistant coaches while his wife is at home with the players.

Caparas says he called Haddonfield High School's principal to apologize. In the meantime, the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association is investigating as well. 

As for the players, school officials say those who were in the video will be punished accordingly. Some will be suspended from school or games. There will be community service and probation for the rest of the school year.