A coach whose team was recently embroiled in a nasty brawl that brought severe sanctions on both schools stepped down from his position less than a week later. Yet, the reason he left his job has nothing do with the fight at all.
Instead, Sacramento (Calif.) Kennedy High football coach Henry Lusk resigned after a "racy" photo was circulated on Twitter. The photo, which was captured by Sacramento ABC affiliate News10, shows Lusk wearing nothing but a thong and capturing a picture of himself in the mirror. You can see the photo here, or in the video below.
"We are all trying to move forward," Kennedy Principal Chad Sweitzer told the Sacramento Bee when asked about Lusk's departure.
Why a high school football coach was wearing nothing but a thong and posing in front of a mirror is a legitimate question, but he's certainly not alone. There are plenty of people on Facebook who have photos some would consider "racy" which they never intend for others to see. And while choosing to keep that picture may not have been the best judgment call Lusk has ever made, it certainly wouldn't seem to affect his ability to coach a high school football team.
The other issue with Lusk's voluntary departure is that Lusk apparently never intended or wanted to have anyone else see the photo. According to the Bee, the photo of Lusk was first uploaded to Twitter by a since-deleted account that threatened Lusk with its possession before finally releasing the photo. It was then re-tweeted by dozens of individual Twitter accounts, all attributing the subject as Lusk.
Though the photo was deleted within 24 hours of its initial release, the damage to Lusk's reputation was already done. After initially telling the Bee that he would not step down, Lusk resigned, casting an even darker cloud over a program which had been beset with issues related to one of the more fierce brawls seen on high school sidelines this year.
That fight -- which occurred between players from Kennedy and Sacramento (Calif.) McClatchy High -- led to the dismissal of eight players from Lusk's varsity squad.
Now, the team will try to move forward with assistant coach Chris Williams taking the helm for the rest of the season, hoping to build off a productive sportsmanship meeting between Kennedy and McClatchy players and officials and the unexpected off week which both teams received due to forfeits which were mandated by the California Interscholastic Federation after the brawl.
"[The Kennedy football team is] just all trying to move forward," Kennedy senior team captain James Allison told the Bee. "We want to end the football season with good memories, and leave a good message that we can do good things in football."