DHS athletic director calls Turkey Bowl incident a "despicable act"



Darien coach Rob Trifone and the boys take in beating a decade-long hex in beating NC at Stadium Field. (Darien Times/Steven Buono photo)

Monday 1:10 — Darien High School’s Athletic Director Mike Sullivan said as soon as his staff was made aware of what happened at last week’s Turkey Bowl, they began investigating.
“Once it was clear it wasn’t Darien High School students, and based upon the severity of the incident, we immediately turned it over to the Darien Police,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said he’s been in contact with New Canaan High School’s athletic department since last Thursday to express his feelings about the incident, that included some New Canaan football players’ equipment being stolen and some urinated on.
“It was an unfortunate incident. I hate to see anything like that happen,” Sullivan said, adding the incident ruined what was otherwise a great day.
“When you remove that incident, it was a great day, a great game. Their players played very well. It was a great all around day,” Sullivan said.
“I don’t want to see their players disrespected. They played hard and clean. They played a great game. No one deserves that — it was a despicable act,” he said.
Though the police investigation continues, some sources have indicated that Darien High School alumni might be involved.
Sunday 9:35 am — Darien High School football coach Rob Trifone said the incident at the Turkey Bowl should not mar the Darien’s first win over rival New Canaan in 11 years or the rest of the Blue Wave’s season accomplishments.
During Thursday’s game, some equipment was stolen and some was urinated on by one or possibly more in the New Canaan team’s locker room at Darien High School.

“I have confirmed with authorities that it does not involve any current students.  I have talked with Lou Marinelli and apologized for the actions of very immature community members who may be involved,” Trifone told The Darien Times.

Trifone said New Canaan’s coach “simply congratulated me on the win and said not to worry about individuals outside of both of our programs.”

Schools Superintendent Steve Falcone called the incident “unfortunate.”
“We have done a preliminary investigation and have turned that information over to the police.  We will continue to work with our police and those impacted to appropriately resolve the situation,” Falcone said.
The Turkey Bowl has had been been affected by arrests in 2010 and 2011. Last year, arrests were made at a party shortly before the Turkey Bowl for a fight that did not involve a current football player. However, the party incident resulted in at least two players being suspended from the 2011 Turkey Bowl.
In 2010, five football players were ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution for spray painting New Canaan High School the Wednesday before that year’s Turkey Bowl. They were all suspended from the team before the game.
Trifone told The Darien Times that due to those previous years’ events “I ‘upgraded’ the Board of Ed commitment policy which involves a two-week suspension for any violation to a NO tolerance commitment for the football team.”
“The players and parents signed a football commitment called ‘The Code”‘which specifically states that any violation would result in removal from the team for the entire season,” Trifone said.
“With over 120 athletes in grades 9-12, we did not have one commitment violation all season long,” he said.
“I want to make sure that the ridiculous actions of individuals outside of our program and school community do not taint the incredible accomplishments that the 2012 Blue Wave Football team have achieved,” Trifone said.
The incident remains under investigation by the Darien Police Department according to Captain Fred Komm. Though Komm said no current Darien High School students appear to be involved, there was no mention of whether alumni could be involved.


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