A Minneapolis North High School football player will be disciplined following an "eye-poking" incident that went viral after it was caught on live television.
The video –which came from a Channel 45 broadcast of last Saturday's high school Prep Bowl, when Minneapolis North and Minneota High squared off at TCF Bank Stadium – appears to show a North player jabbing Minneota's Isaac Hennen in the eye while the two were on the ground late in the game.
Have a look for yourself:
The incident quickly generated a lot of attention, and the video from the game soon made the rounds on social media and popular sites like reddit, prompting the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) to look into what happened.
Now, the league, which is the governing body for all high school sports in Minnesota, says Minneapolis North will handle the disciplinary action, which MSHSL will ultimately have a say in.
The MSHSL released the following statement to BringMeTheNews:
“The Minnesota State High School League staff has communicated with both schools, and they have communicated with each other. The Minneapolis North administration is developing a course of action and the specific disciplinary measures that will be taken, which will then be reviewed by the MSHSL.”
In the meantime, Minneota is celebrating its victory over Minneapolis North on Saturday, having won 35-18. As for the victim of the eye-poking, Isaac Hennen initially experienced some pain but was able to return to the field in time to complete the game with his fellow players. He managed to score three touchdowns on Saturday and tweeted the following:
After the incident, the Minneapolis North coach and the school's administration apologized to Minneota coach Chad Johnston via email and told him they would address the situation with the player.