Sep 24, 2015 12:17 PM
A fight between the members of two football teams on Sept. 13 has led to sanctions from the New England Football League,
Investigators looked closely at a video that appear to show the fight involving the N.H. Wolfpack and the Clippers out of New Bedford, Mass. to identify those involved, using a licensed investigations firm in St. Petersburg, Florida, to conduct the review, the league said.
The video has since been removed from YouTube.
The following is a summary of the disciplinary actions imposed following the incident:
1. Each of the teams had scheduled games for the weekend of 9/19/15 postponed as a result of this incident. Each of these games are ruled a forfeit loss for these teams. In accordance with NCAA Rule 8, Article 2 the score shall be recorded as 1-0. Both teams shall remain eligible for postseason playoff participation, but only in accordance with the following criteria.
2. Each of the teams must provide a police detail for the remainder of their home games, including any playoff games. If any remaining 2015 away opponent requires a police detail, these teams shall be responsible for the expense. Several teams unrelated to the incident have already been required to incur this additional expense for their games as a direct result of it.
3. Each of the teams is required to record a complete video of the remaining 2015 games including any playoff games. Failure to comply will result in additional fines and/or sanctions.
4. Each team shall be on a probationary status for the remainder of 2015 and through the entire 2016 season.
5. Each team shall be fined in the amount of $500.
Player/Individual Disciplinary Actions
Several individuals are still in the process of being identified. The league requires that the teams identify the unknown individuals and confirm the identity of the numbered players as listed.
Wolfpack player 13, Maurice Cromwell - Suspended Indefinitely from participating in the NEFL for pursuit and assault of a player using a helmet.
Wolfpack player 7, Michael Vinagro - Suspended Indefinitely from participating in the NEFL for pursuit and participating in assault of player.
Wolfpack player 23, Justin Choice - Suspended Indefinitely from participating in the NEFL for pursuit and participating in assault of player, and for kicking a player.
Wolfpack player Pepe Simpson - Suspended Indefinitely from participating in the NEFL for assault of player.
Clippers player 6, Daniel Depina - Suspended Indefinitely for throwing a helmet at a player.
Clippers Coach (Navy Blue Shirt) - Suspended Indefinitely from participating in the NEFL for pursuit and assault of a player using a helmet.
Clippers player 13, Aaron Todman - Suspended Indefinitely for stomping a player on the ground.
The following are each suspended for 4 games for fighting and failure to leave the field as directed.
Wolfpack player 52, Tom Landry
Wolfpack player 27, Armand Wright
Wolfpack player 87, unidentified
Wolfpack player 9, Ray Speight
Clippers player 12, JR Hernandez
Clippers player 34, unidentified
Clippers player 74, Noah Lynch
Clippers Coach (Bald w/ beard mustache)
Unknown male from Wolfpack sideline ( fan/player/staff wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, light gray hat with multi light and dark gray pants with black markings) seen at :45 on video
Unknown black male from Clippers sideline (khaki shorts, gray hooded sweatshirt) seen at 1:20 on video.
Players/Coaches receiving multiple game suspensions may not participate while awaiting appeal. Any appeals will be scheduled at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
The BOD expects to have the remaining unidentified parties identified by the teams as soon as possible, no later than Thursday 9/24 at 5 p.m., as a condition of the teams continued participation.
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