Baseball players at a Dallas-area high school held a “fight club” in the batting cages, according to a school district investigation that also found the team’s coaches subjected players to demeaning comments.
Complaints from players’ parents led to the uncovering of the fight club, as well as reports that Plano East High School head baseball coach Travis Collins and assistant coach Reagan Allen subjected players to demeaning, sometimes racist comments, according to documents obtained by The Dallas Morning News.
A lawyer for the coaches said they deny the allegations regarding demeaning comments and had no knowledge of the fight club. But investigators said the attention generated by the fights was so widespread the coaches should have known of them, although they occurred while the coaches were away from campus.
Both coaches are on paid administrative leave, and a district statement says neither coach is still associated with the baseball program.
A version of this article appeared in the February 10, 2016 edition of Education Week as Athletes Held ‘Fight Club’ at Dallas-Area School