A New Jersey high school football player could face criminal charges after pulling the helmet off of an opposing player and smacking him in the head with it on Friday night.
A member of the Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.) High School football team required 10 stitches after being struck in the head by a defensive lineman for Linden (N.J.) High School, according to myCentralJersey.com.
The Linden player, who was flagged but not ejected, pulled the helmet off the Immaculata player and used it to hit him in the head.
The Linden Police Department is now looking into whether it will bring charges against the Linden player for the unprovoked attack.
In a statement to the media (via myCentralJersey.com), Linden Schools Superintendent Danny A. Robertozzi also said the school district is still looking into the situation to determine the nature of the player's punishment.
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) also reserves the right to discipline additional members of the Linden High School football team should it deem such a step is necessary.
"The member school with which the individual is associated may also be subject to disciplinary action if it is found that the member school's policies, actions, or failure to act, substantially contributed to the individual's conduct," NJSIAA wrote in its 2015-16 bylaws.