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De La Salle says football coach out; 3 students sue

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A highly successful football coach is out at a Detroit-area high school, weeks after De La Salle Collegiate forfeited a playoff game amid an investigation about players hazing teammates.

De La Salle told parents in an email Monday that Mike Giannone is no longer at the Catholic school in Warren. Giannone hasn’t spoken publicly about his job status or the controversy.

Giannone was hired in 2016 and won two state championships at De La Salle. He earlier won two state championships at Macomb Dakota.

Police have been investigating allegations that some De La Salle players were hazed with broomsticks. The findings have been submitted to prosecutors.

Warren police Commissioner Bill Dwyer has said Giannone denied any knowledge of the hazing “and that he wouldn’t tolerate it.”

The hazing allegations emerged when De La Salle said it would end the season by forfeiting a Nov. 1 playoff game.

Separately, three student-athletes who were suspended have filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming they’re being treated unfairly when compared to other students.

“We cannot comment on legal matters,” De La Salle said in response. “Since we were first made aware of the hazing activities, we have been steadfast in maintaining the safety, health and education of all De La Salle students as our top priority while we navigate this troubling issue.”

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