Geneseo football players dismissed, season forfeited after report of drug use

September 25, 2017 11:37 PM

The Geneseo Central School District reports "a number of players" have been kicked off the football team for violations of the code of conduct.

Geneseo says the rest of the varsity football season will be forfeited. The team will also forfeit last Friday's game, the district adds.

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The district writes, "The Geneseo Central School District is committed to upholding the highest standards of excellence in our academic, extra-curricular and athletic programs. We will continue to work with all of our student-athletes to ensure their actions represent the expectation of the District and our community."

Our news partners at the Genesee Sun report, according to sources, that "multiple football players took prescription pills without prescriptions before Friday night’s game."

Geneseo Police confirm an investigation is underway into the incident. Officers say a player took Oxycotin from a parent and gave the pills to other players. As many as seven players may have been involved, police say.

Investigations say it appears this was the only instance of drug use with the players. The sheriff's office is assisting with the investigation into the incident.

The football field at Geneseo High School will remain dark for the Blue Devils. But some players on the varsity football team are hoping for a chance to appeal to the Board of Education.

"I think it’s extremely ridiculous that our entire season had to be over because of the actions of a few kids on the team and that all of us had to be punished," said Russell Harvey, senior.

Russell Harvey understands the seriousness of what members of his team are accused of. However, he thinks the punishment is too severe. Geneseo police tells seven players on the varsity football team took OxyContin, a controlled substance prescribed for pain.

Lynette Adams: "How do you feel?"
Harvey: "Disappointed is the right word for it. I think that some kids weren’t thinking straight and they’re kids. They’re brains aren’t fully developed yet. They don’t know what they’re thinking. I’m a kid too, I make stupid mistakes too."

Harvey would love an opportunity to convey this to the board. The students involved have been kicked off the team and the Blue Devils will have to forfeit their season. Harvey says this means no Sectionals and no senior night for players finishing up this year. It could also impact college plans.

"It’s going to mean some tough talks with recruiters, letting them know I wasn’t part of the situation and it’s just focus on college now," said Kyle MacDonald, senior.


Lynette Adams

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