LINDEN, New Jersey – A Linden High School football player has been kicked off the team after video showed him ripping off an opponent's helmet and smashing him in the head with it.
The incident, called "one of the dirtiest football plays you'll ever see" by one website, happened Friday during a game between Linden and Immaculata high Schools.
The helmet-swinging Linden player has been identified as 18-year-old Fritz Moncion, who is a senior.
Linden officials said they are "extremely disheartened by the incident" and issued a press release Wednesday:
"The Board of Education is appalled by the conduct of this student athlete. His action on the field is contrary to the type of sportsmanship Linden requires from its student athletes. The brutal action by this young man is simply unacceptable and will not be condoned. Accordingly, the Board is pursuing the severest disciplinary measures permitted under law and has removed this student from the football team.
The school wouldn't specify what other disciplinary charges were levied.
The video was shared widely and angry viewers took to the high school's Facebook page to comment.
"Wow . . . just saw the video," wrote John Alvarez. "Someone should be arrested and banned from football. That could have been a lot worse than just stitches, there is no excuse for what that kid did. I think any coach in the U.S. would not want this time bomb on their team . . . I know I wouldn't."