To: The Steubenville District School Board
Fire Steubenville Football Coach Reno Saccoccia
Fire football coach Reno Saccoccia immediately. Reported evidence shows that he knew about the rape perpetrated by Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, yet did not report it -- in direct violation of Ohio law.
The Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel was recently fired for covering up his players' getting free tattoos and selling OSU memorabilia. So how is it that Stuebenville coach Saccoccia helps cover up a RAPE by HIS players, and still has a job?
Why is this important?
The reported evidence is clear that Reno Saccoccia knew about the rape perpetrated by Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, and he did nothing to contact authorities. Under Ohio law, coaches are mandated to report crimes involving their students, which he did not. The School Board should fire him immediately for breaking the law, and for his poor judgment.
The text messages of convicted rapist Trent Mays, of Steubenville infamy, included the following:
“I got Reno. He took care of it and shit ain’t gonna happen, even if they did take it to court. Like he was joking about it so I’m not worried.”
Reno is Steubenville head football coach Reno Soccaccia, local legend, Ohio Coaches Hall of Famer. Even the local football stadium is named in his honor.
But no amount of local fame should allow Soccaccia -- or his football players -- to operate above the law, which is exactly what he did by not reporting to authorities a crime involving one of his students.
The Steubenville District School Board must terminate Soccaccia’s employment and hire a football coach who will not only follow the law, but will take the lead in ending Steubenville’s rape culture, which has made it permissible for this tragedy to happen, and be followed-up by victim harassment.
Salon.com: Meet Reno Saccoccia: Steubenville’s head football coach