WATCH: Video shows Newark high school basketball players beating up their own coach: police

Al Jones
February 07, 2020 - 1:30 pm
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NEWARK (1010 WINS) – Newark junior varsity basketball players showed a lot of fight this week—both on the court and when they beat their own coach outside their high school, police said.

At least four players attacked their coach outside the Malcolm X Shabazz High School around 9 p.m. Tuesday, punching and kicking him in a shocking beat-down captured on cell phone video, according to police.

The players had returned from a game against Livingston by school bus shortly before the attack unfolded.

Video shows the coach being knocked to the ground and then punched and kicked for about 20 seconds before several adults, possibly parents, step in to stop the attack.

Four players, who have not been identified because of their ages, have been suspended from the school, officials said.

The coach was not seriously hurt and did not seek medical help, according to police.

Sources told WABC that the coach had been stopping the players from picking on another student before they started attacking him.

Fellow students said they were embarrassed by the video. Newark's mayor has even gotten involved, saying he spoke with the superintendent, principal, coaches and team.

“The actions of these students will not be tolerated, and they don't represent the majority of the school,” Mayor Ras Baraka said. “The school and team have many great kids, who go on to college and do great things, and we're proud of them.”

Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose told WABC that the individuals will face charges.

“Our detectives are investigating this incident to identify and to appropriately charge those individuals involved,” Ambrose said. “Because high school students are typically juveniles, the names of the suspects will not be released. But those found to have participated in this senseless act of violence will face criminal charges.”