A high school football team in Connecticut decided tough love was the only way forward when it forfeited its playoff game after an internal unsportsmanlike incident came to light.
Torrington High School was set to take on St. Paul Catholic School in Bristol but Torrington threw in the towel amid an investigation into the incident, according to the local NBC affiliate.
While there was no immediate information on what happened, THS officials were happy with T coach Gaitan Rodriguez’s decision.
“The THS Interscholastic Athletic Program provides a variety of experiences to aid in the development of skills and attitudes that will prepare the student athlete for adult life,” Torrington athletic director Mike McKenna wrote in a release to the public. “THS takes great pride in the success of our athletic teams on the field but does not condone winning at any cost.>
“We are extremely proud of the high expectations Coach (Gaitan) Rodriguez has set for our players. We are hoping this action will give the team an opportunity to reflect upon their behavior and display their excellent leadership skills in the future.”