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Investigation: High School Team Had 'Culture Of Hazing'

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Posted at 10:06 AM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 11:06:02-04

An investigation found a Tennessee high school basketball program had a "culture of hazing" even before three of its players were charged with the rape of a freshman teammate.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported the Hamilton County Board of Education voted Thursday to release the findings of the Ooltewah High School investigation, which was conducted by attorney Courtney Bullard.

Gatlinburg police have charged three Ooltewah players with aggravated rape in a December 22, 2015 assault on a freshman teammate in an apparent hazing incident.

Bullard's investigation said Ooltewah coach Andre Montgomery knew "excessive horseplay" was occurring within the team before this December 22 incident. Montgomery has been facing charges of failing to report child sexual abuse to the proper authorities.