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

gary stefano rect.jpg
"I want to be clear -- this behavior is unacceptable," Stefano said yesterday, while still not specifying what "behavior" he's referring to.
:::: UPDATE :::: Maple Grove hockey coach Stefano faces no-confidence vote following purported sex scandal

Yesterday, Maple Grove High School officials held a news conference to talk about how the school is responding to a scandal that resulted in suspensions for 13 players and for the head coach, Gary Stefano.

SEE ALSO: Maple Grove high school hockey scandal reportedly involved player sex tape

Officials still aren't disclosing exactly what the players did to get suspended, but last weekend, we reported that the scandal appears to involve a sex tape involving at least one player and a girl (link above). Asked directly about that report during yesterday's presser, Stefano and other officials didn't deny that a sex tape is at the heart of the scandal.

From the Star Tribune:
When reporters asked Principal Sara Vernig about the purported existence of a sex video stemming from the incident, she said: "I can't answer that. It's part of the investigation.''...

Longtime head coach Gary Stefano called it "by far my worst experience'' in 32 years as a coach. He said references to a purported video called "The Show" had been "brought up." School officials stopped him from answering further, citing privacy laws.
As we told you last weekend, a student teacher, citing conversations with other teachers, said on social media that this isn't the first time Maple Grove hockey players have been involved in some sort of public sex spectacle. That allegation fueled calls for longtime coach Gary Stefano's job, but at yesterday's presser, some officials and parents tried to deflect the blame.

According to the Strib, Wendy Loberg, overseer of athletics for the Osseo School District (of which Maple Grove High is a party), said: "When we look at our role models, and we look at our shows that are number one in the eyes of kids, [it's] 'Jersey Shore,' 'Hangover.'"

Nancy Fischer has a son on the JV team. She told the Strib, "The program's great. The boys made a mistake."

"Boys are boys. It's hard to keep those boys out of trouble," Fischer continued. "The coach can only do so much -- it's the parents that have to step in."

Meanwhile, Maple Grove Patch details the "action plan" that was ostensibly the reason for having yesterday's news conference:
-- Staff will organize a meeting for all coaches to discuss how to provide opportunities to develop positive leadership skills among our athletes.

-- Hockey Coach Gary Stefano will work with his team to engage students in developing and reinforcing a code of honor, created and owned by the students themselves, that will help athletes in the hockey program hold each other to higher expectations.
Sounds pretty vague, doesn't it?

My Voice Nation Help
18 comments
UseYourHead
UseYourHead

That coach was "given a day off" for fueling the untrue rumors you're reading here and on other social media.

Feel sorry for all those that gobbled this BS up.  The real story will never live up to the hype.

kyle285
kyle285

While the MG School Board frantically searches for their vertebrae or testicles, I hope they look into reports that the football coach was threatened by another coach and a HS administrator for daring to inquire about the hockey team sexcapade.  There are enough rotten adults in this story to explain all the rotten kids.  What a sorry ass community.

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". 

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Liberal ethics on display in public education. Can't really expect much more when they're all taught anything goes, and be tolerant of everything.

CBWMAPLEGROVE
CBWMAPLEGROVE

Shouldn't the boys be held responsible and kicked off the team for the rest of the season? I think that would send a very clear message: This kind of behavior is not tolerated! Plain and simple. It doesn't help our kids to be protected from the consequences of their actions. It will grow character if they learn a life lesson from this experience. It would also send a good message to all other students about right and wrong. This wasn't boys being boys, this was boys being contemptable.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

If my 15 year-old son and his pals were involved in an ongoing tradition of videotaping and publishing sex tapes for their jollies; or worse, if my 12 year-old daughter were the "star" of such a tape; I think that "opportunities to develop positive leadership skills among our athletes," and  "developing and reinforcing a code of honor, created and owned by the students themselves, that will help athletes in the hockey program hold each other to higher expectations" would be pretty far down my list of acceptable responses.

When did the administrators of our schools become purveyors of such meaningless bullshit?  They wouldn't accept this palaver from any student.  Bernadeia Johnson is slinging exactly the same kind of bovine excrement in her handling of the Washburn baby doll incident.  Have they all become incapable of direct, honest, acknowledgement of what everyone already knows has happened?

Ann Fitch
Ann Fitch

Good to hear. I'm sure these kids weren't just copying some homework that night.

Matt Touchette
Matt Touchette

As I understand it, the Coach is no longer suspended. He was only suspended during the investigation. Supposedly the investigation found that no laws were broken, which is why the police are not involved.

Matthias Weigel
Matthias Weigel

Get organized sports out of schools...period. Schools are for learning, not playing. There's a reason why other countries are performing better than we are.

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.

Ann Fitch
Ann Fitch

I know there has been speculation about what the actual incident was and no one has actually said what took place. But shouldn't the police be questioning these folks to see if a crime took place?

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

They don't want to elaborate on what the offense was because it'll show how pathetic the punishment was. Gotta groom 'em young so they can be competitive in college! And not just for the sports, you know.

kel0
kel0

Maple Grove is doing a bang-up job doing their part in grooming their contribution to the next generation of sheltered, entitled, privileged can't-do-wrong athletes. 

Damon Contreras
Damon Contreras

I like how she first wanted to compliment the beloved "Program"

dianerollie
dianerollie

I wonder if Nancy Fischer would feel differently about "boys are boys" if it was her daughter in the video instead of her son being a member of the hockey team?!

Melissa Dreier
Melissa Dreier

I don't see how the coach would be at fault, but obviously we don't have any information. I DO however find it INFURIATING that the comment "boys are boys" was uttered. Having a penis is no excuse.

Now Trending

Minnesota Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...