Maple Grove high school hockey scandal reportedly involved player sex tape [UPDATE]

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Original post published 8:17 p.m. on January 18 -- update at bottom.

Reports are circulating tonight that the Maple Grove high school hockey scandal involved a player who took part in a sex tape. The suspensions of multiple players and the head coach have been publicly announced, but the reasons why have been unclear.

:::: UPDATE :::: Maple Grove High School hockey scandal: Rumored player sex tape called "The Show"

One source contacted City Pages this evening and said the tape featured a team member having sex with a fellow Maple Grove High School student. It's unclear how old she is. That information was given to him by family members of Osseo hockey players, and our source advised that the information is "spreading fast."

A person who identified himself as a student teacher in the Osseo School District (of which Maple Grove High School is a part) said the following on Twitter (his identity is being withheld; screengrabs were sent to us by a third party):
This high school hockey team sex tape is about to blow up as more of these facts come out, these kids are screwed...

[replying to someone else] Im student teaching in that school district & the teachers were talking about it today if the stuff is true it'll get bad..

could be a long road out of jail depending on some details...

I'm not sure how much is know yet but its all slowing [sic] coming out...

one girl rest were hiding & watching/video taping it...

yeah the stuff was crazy (they do it every year, go the girl drunk, girl might have been 15 etc.) If these are true its bad...

it will depend on a lot of the details but it could be really bad...
Earlier today, news broke that Maple Grove hockey coach Gary Stefano has been placed on paid administrative leave, and 13 of his players were suspended. According to KARE 11, "the Stefano matter is not related to the incident that resulted in the suspension" of players.

A Pioneer Press report provides more information, but doesn't address why the players got in trouble in the first place:
As for the suspensions, Olson said in a statement, Maple Grove High School administrators were informed Monday that "multiple" players were allegedly involved in an incident last month at a private home. After investigating and consulting with the Minnesota State High School League and the Maple Grove Police Department, the players were disciplined for violating the MSHSL's Code of Conduct, Bylaw 206.

MSHSL guidelines say suspensions can last up to four games. Olson would say only that the penalties would follow MSHSL guidelines, but declined to address any more specifics about that or the incident, citing data privacy laws.
:::: UPDATE ::::

A coach of a club team made up of students from the Osseo School District emailed us this morning to say that his players have characterized the actions of the hockey players involved in the sex scandal as "horrible."

"I coach other kids in another sport (private club, not the high school league) and they explained just how horrible it was," the email says. The club coach also calls for Maple Grove hockey coach Gary Stefano to be fired. More from the email:
The district thankfully acted swiftly when they learned about the events, but simple suspensions aren't enough. The coach there needs to go. Either he knew about the "tradition" or he is so ignorant that he should be deemed unfit.
But it looks like the club coach won't get his wish, as yesterday evening the Osseo School District announced Stefano has already been reinstated. From the Star Tribune:
Maple Grove boys' hockey coach Gary Stefano was reinstated to the position Friday evening, only one day after he had been placed on administrative leave with pay during a district investigation involving the team...  

[Barbara Olson, District 279 community relations director] said Friday night that "the investigation was about the team, which happens to be under his leadership. Therefore, as leader he was put on administrative leave with pay so that we could conduct a thorough investigation.''

Her e-mail said Stefano "has developed a strong hockey program'' in his 17 years of coaching "and made significant contributions to our school community. We look forward to continued success for the program.

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OwnYourOpinion
OwnYourOpinion

Can't wait to see all your responses (or lack of) and media retractions (or lack of) once its confirmed there's no "sex video" or "scandal".

smelon82
smelon82

So, with 10 minutes of basic Facebook investigating --- went to the Maple Grove Crimson Hockey Page, then did a google search of the MG 2012-13 Varsity Hockey Roster, then I cross checked on 3 names of the team members, found one boy's FB page; -- with the initial "J.A.", his profile page describes him as a "Graduate of the College of Porn" and an employee of "Chippendales Strip Club". Yeah, Boys will be boys.... Gary Stefano is a MORON if he is not aware of the moral fiber and values of his players. I work with lots of middle school-ers and teens. To keep tabs on them, you have to LISTEN, watch, stalk, converse, and be aware. Coaches aren't responsible for all aspects of their players lives and all decisions they make, BUT, when you work with kids you have to know them well enough to see what could be dangerous behaviors for your program. This is a PR nightmare that could've been avoided with "anti- locker room" behavior training. Clearly, the parents, coaches, and  administration are more concerned with other things. We reap what we sow.

Bogush
Bogush

Was that Twitter message created by a six year old? Any teacher, student or not, with that bad of grammar should automatically be discredited and probably fired.

nob77
nob77

The players should be kicked off the time and just be grateful they are not yet listed as sex offenders.

HockeyDavid
HockeyDavid

Something this serious why wasn't an outside organization like the Anoka County Attorney brought in to do the investigation especially with all the stuff floating around the Internet.  If any of the City Pages story is true there could be some serious ramifications.  Below is bylaw 206 from MSHL that the High School league used to suspend players:

Student Code of Responsibilities

Participation in interscholastic activities is a privilege which is accompanied by responsibility.  As a student participating in League sponsored activities, I understand and accept the following responsibilities:

    A. I will respect the rights and beliefs of others and will treat others with courtesy and consideration.

    B. I will be fully responsible for my own actions and the consequences of my actions.

    C. I will respect the rights and property of others.

    D. I will respect and obey the rules of my school and the laws of my community, state and country.

    E. I will show respect to those who are responsible for enforcing the rules of my school and the laws of my community, state and country.

dreamer24850
dreamer24850

Everyone knows Stefano is a dick and I'm sure he knew about these Closet Shows as they happen every year... its "tradition" aka "hazing" and sad to see it involve a helpless third party member

anonymous8246
anonymous8246

okay I'm not usually one to get into this kind of stuff, but for Aaron and those who have commented below, shouldn't you guys get just a little more factual evidence before spreading the story based upon opinions and an "osseo senior high school teacher's twitter account?" I mean come on.. I'm sure stefano doesn't even know the entirety of what exactly happened. also, I didn't realize you guys assume stefano should hold his players hands, not only on the ice, but off the ice as well. in my definition of a "hockey coach" I certainly wouldn't expect him/her to control exactly what their players are doing off the ice. last time I checked a single individual is responsible for his/her actions, but I guess I could be very wrong? let's try having a sense of maturity and stop swarming the media with "unsure" and "he said, she said, so they must be correct since they are in the same district blogs/articles/comments/ect.." I'm sure those involved with the incident are dealing with the consequences and hopefully have learned what they did is very wrong an completely unacceptable. with that being said, please stop putting this stuff on the internet and acting like a pack of 13 year old girls experiencing the first stages of puberty. very ignorant and immature

kyle285
kyle285

What, still no mention of drunk players and parents fighting each other last year?  This team has been out of control for a long while.  It was only a matter of time before one their incidents made the news. A disgraceful track record for an undistinguished program. Congratulations to the Maple Grove school board.

AesthiGrl
AesthiGrl

Fails to mention Stefano's 2 DWI's. There's a great role model for young teenagers.

Frank Bi
Frank Bi

what a stupid student teacher

commonsense
commonsense

Really, then why are so many young kids talking about it on social media. 

steve.holtz.420
steve.holtz.420

@Bogush Writing must take into account the context as well as the audience. Additionally, no one said she was an English major. It would have been more inappropriate for her to have attempted to write an accedemic essay in this setting & to an informal audience, not to mention the resitrictions of posts on twitter.

Understand? Great. Now quit criticizing people without having the concepts in writing in English yourself (clearly).

OwnYourOpinion
OwnYourOpinion

@commonsense why do you think?  When a kid (or any adult for that matter) tweets - it must be fact in the "common sense" world today and not exaggerations or sick humor.

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