Published February 10, 2011
The high school basketball coach in Ohio accused by some players of using racist language has been relieved of his duties for the rest of the season, reported Fox 8.com.
The superintendent said Jason Popp can return to the bench next year after he undergoes sensitivity training.
The state-ranked Richmond Heights team was threatening to boycott the rest of its undefeated season if their coach remained in place, Fox8.com reported.
Tuesday night's game was postponed after Superintendent Linda Hardwick met with parents over the alleged abuse, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
A group of parents had sent a letter to Hardwick complaining Popp used "inappropriate language, as well as racial and economic harassment," according to the letter obtained by the paper.
"Mr. Popp's reputation is at stake and the students -- I'm an advocate for children -- they must be treated fairly, if any of these allegations are true," Hardwick told Fox8.com.
The players feel the writing is already on the wall against Popp.
"He was like, 'Well, you guys don't go out and play (expletive) basketball.' He was like, 'cause this is what they gonna expect y'all to do, play (expletive) basketball'," varsity player Jordan Early told the website.
A meeting will be held Wednesday night at the district's board of education to determine Popp's future.
Popp has denied the allegations.