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  • An independent investigation into a highschool football team accused of using antisemitic language in its play calling has reportedly found a systemic pattern spanning nearly a decade.
  • “There was evidence suggesting that the use of this language was a systemic issue and had happened at practices potentially as far back as 2010,” Duxbury schools superintendent John Antonucci wrote of the report’s findings.
  • “Sufficient credible evidence was found to support the conclusion that coaching staff were aware of the use of such terms during practices,” Antonucci added.

An independent investigation into a Massachusetts high school football team accused of using antisemitic language in its play calling has reportedly found a systemic pattern spanning nearly a decade.

The investigation was prompted in March after accusations that the Duxbury High School team incorporated the word “Auschwitz” into its on-field play calling scheme, The Associated Press reported. School Superintendent John Antonucci announced the report’s conclusions Thursday, adding that the document will not be publicly disclosed. 

“There was evidence suggesting that the use of this language was a systemic issue and had happened at practices potentially as far back as 2010,” Antonucci wrote, according to the AP. “Sufficient credible evidence was found to support the conclusion that coaching staff were aware of the use of such terms during practices.”

“Appropriate personnel action will be taken based upon the findings in the Investigation Report,” Antonucci’s statement added.


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The 56-page report was prepared by Edward Mitnick of Just Training Solutions, who also discovered evidence of a “culture of profane language and boorish and sophomoric behavior,” which was allegedly permitted by the coaching staff. 

Mitnick further concluded in his report, which included 52 witnesses, that the slurs were not used on game day before this past season, adding that homophobic language was also frequently used. 

Duxbury coach Dave Maimaron, who previously condemned antisemitism, was fired from the role and placed on administrative leave. 

“On behalf of the staff and players of the Duxbury High School football team, I want to extend my apology for the insensitive, crass and inappropriate language used in the game on March 12th,” the former coach said in a statement in March, per the AP.

The team has reportedly met with a Holocaust survivor and participated in diversity training sessions. 


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Published on Jun 11, 2021