Pike HS football coach suspended from playoff game for team’s celebration video

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A high school football head coach has been suspended from the team’s playoff game after an inappropriate locker room video was posted online.

The 15-second clip showed teammates celebrating a big win by singing and dancing to an offensive song. Derek Moyers told Fox 59 he was suspended for lack of supervision in the locker room.

“He’s a great. I hate that this happened. We’re embarrassed of course,” said Karen Lyles, whose son is on the team. “It probably was a decision [the school] had to make.”

The decision had put a damper on the school’s sectional game against rival Ben Davis High School Friday night. The decision has drawn mixed reaction from students and parents.

“They were mimicking the song. It wasn’t like they were just saying it to say it,” said Alyssa Hines, a Pike High School junior.

Parents of the Pike football players tell Fox 59 their kids meant no harm.

“I have two daughters and my son is on the football team,” said Mananna Allen. “Would I allow him to play that [music] in my house? Absolutely not, but you’re talking about 16, 17, 18-y ear-old boys who are excited and caught up in the moment.”

The Pike Red Devils defeated the Ben Davis Giants 34-32. Coach Moyers will be back with the team next week.

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