You’re going to see the following story in tomorrow’s paper, and there’s a lesson here …
The hockey season came to an ubrupt end for Nyack/Tappan Zee on Friday when the Ice Hawks forfeited their upcoming Section 1 playoff game to Lakeland/Panas. No official reason was given, but several team members were part of a racy video that appeared on YouTube late Thursday.
Head coach Nick DeSantis would not comment and referred all questions to school administrators. Tappan Zee athletic director Liam Frawley did not return a message left for him at the school where he was supervising a basketball game.
“We were forfeited from playoffs for a borderline inappropriate video in the locker room of Harlem shake,” Ice Hawks senior forward Corey Aronson tweeted on Friday to a friend.
A link to the video began making the rounds late Thursday, and the short clip becomes objectionable halfway through. Several team members are doing the Harlem Shake, an uptempo dance re-popularized by a recent song of the same name, and they are wearing very little clothing. Most are in their underwear or compression shorts. All of the Ice Hawks in the video masked their faces. One student athlete danced on a bench wearing only a strategically-placed sock.
The video has been taken off line.
Nyack Tappan Zee had an 11-7-1 record and went into the sectional tournament as the No. 10 seed. Lakeland/Panas will now meet Somers/North Salem in a Division 1 quarterfinal on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. at Brewster Ice Arena.
Here’s the lesson … kids need to be reminded every so often what that omnipresent www stands for. They have to realize these hormonal snippets they keep posting on the World Wide Web are out in the open where friends and neighbors, parents and teachers, bloggers and journalists can see them.
A forfeit in this case seems a little harsh, they weren’t being destructive, but they weren’t exactly representing those uniforms that were discarded before somebody turned up the music and screamed, ‘Action!’