A high school football player for one of California's most well-known programs was arrested with the team in Hawaii as part of an investigation into three teammates' attack on a group of younger players while the California team was on the island to compete in a season-opening game.
As first reported by Honolulu ABC affiliate KITV, and later followed upon by the Los Angeles Times and Daily News, three Westlake (Ca.) High varsity football players were taken into custody in connection with an alleged assault on members of the school's freshman team. The incident in question allegedly took place on Wednesday, but the players were not taken into custody until later, shortly before the team's game against Waipahu (Hi.) High.
The Daily News reported that one of the students in question, who is of age, was arrested in connection with the assault while the legal status of the other two players taken into custody remain in question after Honolulu Police Department refused to offer further information about minors.
"I do know what you’re talking about, and there were arrests, but I can’t release any information," Honolulu officer Joshua Mueller told the Daily News.
Westlake head football coach Jim Benkert has so far refused to comment about the incident that led to the police investigation. Meanwhile, KITV reported that parents for the Westlake program were voicing significant concerns that only three varsity players had been punished for the incident in question.
Troublingly, KITV also reported that two Westlake players had flown from Hawaii back to Los Angeles on Thursday simply to, "run away," though it was uncertain whether that phrase referred to players trying to avoid punishment or attempting to avoid potential hazing.
On the field Westlake was significantly more unified, rolling to a one-sided 59-8 victory at Waihapu. The team returned to California late Saturday, putting pressure back on Benkert to address the situation.