East Hampton Public Schools said it suspended their high schooler’s basketball coach, who is also the district’s athletic director, after an incident at a game last month.
Video from a game between East Hampton High School and Valley Regional High School appears to show coach Shaun Russell shoving one of his players mid-game on December 20.
“Regardless of the excitement of a sports competition, we expect our coaches to temper their behavior to represent the high ideals of East Hampton Public Schools,” Smith said in a statement to NBC Connecticut.
The school district says Russell was “suspended for a while” immediately after the game.
He has been placed on administrative leave while the district investigates the incident, according to the superintendent.