More ugly details have emerged about a high school football brawl involving Penn State commit Dorian Hardy.
Thursday, Hardy’s father, Charles, told NJ.com that his son was punched in the face twice by an assistant coach after a fight broke out following a practice at Paramus Catholic (N.J.) last week. Friday, NJ.com ran a story after speaking with that coach, who said his son was also involved in the fight and that Hardy and another player “tried to kill” his son.
Michael Mitchell, the coach in question, has since been fired from his coaching position. Mitchell’s son, a freshman, is in the hospital this week after suffering a seizure days after the brawl. He also suffered a concussion during the incident, according to his father.
Michael Mitchell called Hardy and a senior teammate aggressors in the melee. From the report:
Mitchell’s son, Miles, a 14-year-old at Paramus Catholic, was punched by Hardy at least twice during the altercation, Miles Mitchell said at his room today at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. He was diagnosed with a concussion the night of the incident, and Wednesday, during school, he suffered a seizure in class and was taken to the hospital, his family said.
Miles Mitchell’s right eye was nearly swollen shut and his head was heavily wrapped with gauze during an interview Thursday afternoon. Michael Mitchell said doctors are running tests to determine the extent of his injuries and the cause of the seizure.
“They tried to kill my son,” Michael Mitchell said. “I just hope he makes it through this and isn’t hurt for the rest of his life.”
Dorian Hardy’s mother, Sharon Hardy, also spoke with NJ.com. She said that her son only got involved in the brawl to protect a teammate. She also mentioned that Hardy’s “scholarship may be in jeopardy,” though it’s unclear if she’s referencing his Penn State scholarship or the one he had to play with Paramus Catholic.
“I don’t understand why my child was wrong for protecting his teammate and fighting him after getting hit with a helmet,” Sharon Hardy told NJ.com. “I don’t understand why my son gets suspended, his scholarship may be in jeopardy, when another kid used a weapon and hit somebody upside the head.”
Dorian Hardy is a 4-star defensive end who committed to Penn State in June. He has reportedly left Paramus Catholic since the altercation, and it’s unclear if he’ll play any more high school football this season.
It’s also uncertain how this incident will affect Hardy’s relationship with Penn State. At the very least, it calls into question Penn State’s willingness to keep an offer extended.
Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class currently ranks third in the nation.
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