Canton McKinley (Ohio) fires head coach and six assistants after reportedly forcing a Hebrew Israelite student-athlete to eat pork

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Thursday night, Canton City Schools voted unanimously to fire McKinley head football coach Marcus Wattley and six assistant coaches after being accused of forcing a Hebrew Israelite player to eat pork after reportedly missing a weightlifting session. Eating pork is against the student-athlete’s religious beliefs.

According to media reports, Canton police will be investigating the incident as a hazing.

In addition to firing Wattley, the school board hired Athletic Director Antonio Hall as the school’s interim head coach for the 2021 season.

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