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DeMatha football players removed after allegedly hiring prostitutes

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Five DeMatha football players were kicked off the team after allegedly hiring prostitutes after a game in North Carolina.

A parent of one of the players allegedly involved told the Washington Post that the players snuck the prostitutes into their rooms over the weekend, and some of them engaged in sexual activities. The incident reportedly occurred at 5 a.m. on Saturday, September 1 after Friday night’s game.

In a statement released Friday morning, the school’s principal, Daniel McMahon, says the school learned of the incident Tuesday afternoon, and notified the five students and their parents that they would face disciplinary action.

“The school stands behind our coach, Elijah Brooks, his staff, the school staff who monitored the trip, and our students.” McMahon wrote in a statement. “The school community is saddened and hurt by the actions of these few who do not reflect the character of the community.”

McMahon said 18 chaperones accompanied 65 players on the trip to North Carolina, and rooms were checked and halls were monitred throughout the entire trip.

On Saturday, McMahon said the last bed check was at 1:30 a.m. and the hallways were monitored until after 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Sixty-five players and 18 chaperones went on the trip to North Carolina, McMahon said.

The Post is not releasing the names of the players, who were allegedly minors, nor their parents to protect the children’s identities.

The Hyattsville school says the players were supervised, but wouldn’t say anymore.

Sources told the Post two players withdrew from the school, two others are facing expulsion and a fifth player will attend a disciplinary hearing Friday morning. 

McMahon says the school is investigating the report, and that authorities in the Archdiocese of Washington, and the states of Maryland and North Caroline have been notified.

Recognized as a national high school football power, DeMatha is currently Maryland's 5th-ranked team in the USA Today Super 25 state rankings and #7 in the Washington Post's AllMetSports rankings. They defeated Hillside High School 52-14 in last week's game in Durham, N.C.

DeMatha is scheduled to play Calvert Hall in Annapolis on Friday night.

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