School suspends football coach after locker room assault

MOBILE, Ala. – An Alabama school system has placed a prep football coach on leave after the players were recorded on video beating a teammate in a dressing room.

Mobile County schools spokeswoman Rena Phillips tells the news outlets the action against Davidson high School coach Fred Riley is effective immediately.

Nine players have been suspended and a $12 million lawsuit was filed after the video showed a then-freshman quarterback beaten in April in what his parents say was a hazing attack.

The young player suffered a broken arm, and the police say they were called about an assault complaint.

The school spokeswoman would not comment on the action against the coach, and Riley has not yet responded to being placed on leave. But he told reporters last month he planned to keep coaching.

The team began fall practice on Monday.

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