Volunteer football coach for Mentor suspended after comments about opponent

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MENTOR, Ohio-- A volunteer assistant coach for the Mentor Cardinals was missing from Friday night's game against the Panthers after being suspended for disparaging comments he made about one of Euclid’s players.

School officials said the remarks appeared in the pregame scouting report given to the team.

In it, the Euclid player was called a “punk, mentally weak,” and referred to as “having a history involving abuse of women.”

"I think it's an absolutely a horrific statement," said one mom, Jean Bonchak, "especially in a coaching position."

Euclid Superintendent Keith Bell learned of the situation Friday and said he immediately called Mentor’s superintendent who apologized and explained changes that have been implemented to prevent this from happening again.

From this point moving forward, Mentor’s head coach will review all reports before they are printed and passed out to players.

Mr. Bell was also told that Mentor sent a personal apology to the Euclid student's family.

“To make sure they know that the school district was not part of it; this came from an individual and he’s been taken care of internally,” said Bell.

Mentor Schools Director of Public Relations Kristen Kirby released this statement:

“It was brought to our attention that one of our volunteer Mentor High School football coaches included comments that were inappropriate and demonstrated extremely poor judgment in a scouting report that was given to our players. As a result, the coach has been suspended and this matter is still under review. We extend our apologies to our opposing team for what was written, as it is not a reflection of our values as a school community.”

Before the game Friday night, Bell said Euclid's players were encouraged to be good sports and not let the actions of one person upset them or cause them to behave inappropriately.

And there were no reported problems at the game on or off the field.

The coach will remain on suspension pending further investigation into his action by school officials.