No Bias in New Jersey Football Team's Banana Prank: Agency

The organization that governs high school sports in New Jersey says there was insufficient proof that a high school football team's prank was racially motivated.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association investigated after North Plainfield High School filed a complaint because the Summit team shoved bananas through a hole in the visiting team's locker room door before a Sept. 13 game. About half of North Plainfield's players are black.

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Summit had said the practice started last year to reduce teams from overhearing each other.

The Courier News of Bridgewater reports the NJSIAA on Monday said Summit coaches should have stopped the prank because it could be considered offensive.

Summit coaches must undergo sensitivity training and the captains from both teams must meet to foster reconciliation.

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