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A high school football team in Northern California was forced to forfeit the remainder of its season after a video showed several players staging a reenactment of a “slave auction,” according to district officials.
In a statement, Doreen Osumi, the superintendent of Yuba City Unified School District, called the incident at River Valley High School in Yuba City “extremely distressing,” and confirmed that participating students are not playing the rest of the season. The student-athletes were in violation of the code of conduct, Osumi said.
“As a result, we do not have the necessary number of players to safely field the varsity team and must thus forfeit the remainder of the season,” Osumi said.
The news of the video and its aftermath came ahead of River Valley’s game against Roseville Woodcreek High School last Friday. The Sacramento Bee reported that Osumi sent an email to district staff members, including those at River Valley, announcing the team’s forfeiture and saying the school district had launched an investigation into a “disgraceful” video made by River Valley players.