SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — On the morning a group of Jefferson High School boys basketball players reportedly were suspended from Saturday night’s state championship game against Churchill High School, Springfield Police responded to a report of “menacing” involving players.
Sgt. Russ Boring said an employee at the Hilton Garden Inn on Gateway St. thought one of the players had a gun. That staff member called 911. Once officers arrived they learned there was no gun, only a chrome-colored cellphone belonging to a player who was joking he had a gun.
Boring said Jefferson administrators including the assistant principal and coaches were very cooperative and said they would handle the incident internally. Boring said no one was arrested or cited. He also said the hotel staff was very cooperative as well.
According to The Oregonian, six players were suspended for what coach Pat Strickland said was “conduct detrimental to the team.” The Democrats played with only six players on the roster Saturday night. The team still beat Churchill, winning the Class 5A championship game 69-64.
As of Monday morning, Jefferson administrators had not responded to requests for comment.
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