Charges filed in Pa. football game helmet attack

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November 20, 2013 3:12:52 PM PST
Charges have been filed in the case of a high school football player who ripped the helmet off an opposing player and beat him over the head with it during a game in central Pennsylvania two months ago, police said Wednesday.

Hamburg High School quarterback Joe Cominsky will face simple assault charges in Lebanon County following the attack during a football game back in September.

The misdemeanor charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct were filed in juvenile court, Chief Benjamin Sutcliffe of the South Annville Township Police Department said.

He declined to release other details, citing the ages of those involved.

Video of the September 6 game at Annville-Cleona Secondary School shows a Hamburg player tearing the helmet off an Annville-Cleona player and hitting him with it at least twice.

Several other players are seen pushing each other, and another Annville-Cleona player was seen throwing several punches. The video attracted widespread attention.

Officials said the player struck with the helmet had a cut on top of his head but was otherwise all right.

Two players were ejected from the game, which Hamburg won 25-22.


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