Warren De La Salle Football Season Canceled Amid Hazing Allegations

The two-time defending state champs were slated to begin the playoffs Friday.

WWJ News
October 31, 2019 - 4:55 pm

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WARREN, Mich. (WWJ) -- The Warren De La Salle Collegiate football season has been canceled amid allegations of hazing within the locker room this week.

The school says it was made aware of the incident and after an investigation, found the "hazing has deeper roots, and is more pervasive than originally thought."

The Pilots, two-time defending MHSAA Division 2 state champions, were scheduled to start the playoffs Friday against Birmingham Groves after posting a 5-4 regular season record.

"De La Salle Collegiate is a Lasallian Catholic school. We uphold values of human dignity, good sportsmanship, and respect for all," De La Salle President John M. Knight said in a statement. "At this time, as we continue our investigation, the school leadership feels that it best that we take a step back from the field of competition. 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. What is right for our community. And what is right according to our Lasallian Catholic values."

The nature of the hazing incident was not disclosed.

Warren police tell WWJ they are aware of the incident, but have not been contacted by the school and are not investigating.

In a statement to WWJ, the MHSAA says "We were notified by the school earlier this afternoon it was withdrawing form the football playoff," but did not address it further.

Groves, which lost to De La Salle in the state semifinals last year, will get a bye to the second round of the D-2 playoffs and host either Birmingham Seaholm or Sterling Heights.

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