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Three players from visiting California football team arrested, coach says

Published On: Aug 23 2013 10:29:16 PM HST
Updated On: Aug 23 2013 10:58:53 PM HST

Friday night means high school football games. But a visiting team from California may be in some hot water. A trip to Hawaii ends in jail for some high school football players, and why some parents describe it as hazing that got way out of control.

HONOLULU -

A visiting high school football team from California may be in some hot water.

Westlake High School's football team took to the field against Waipahu Friday night but before the game, an assistant coach from the team waited outside HPD headquarters.

The coach said three of the teams players, all minors, were arrested. HPD hasn't said anything yet about this case. As to what the minors were arrested for, parents who didn't want to be identified tell KITV it was assault.

Parents say the incident occurred Wednesday at the Hyatt Place Waikiki where the team is staying. According to parents, a group of about 25 seniors from the team broke into a hotel room where five freshmen teammates were staying and assaulted them. Parents say it was more than just bullying and hazing.

The assistant coach tells us the team brought 160 players to Hawaii. It's freshman team played Kamehameha and its junior varsity and varsity teams played Waipahu. Parents tell us some of them stayed at the hotel Friday night instead of going to the game. They say they're upset that just three players were punished.

Parents also say two other players involved flew back home to Los Angeles on Thursday in an attempt to "run away." They tell us the rest of the players played in the game against Waipahu.

Westlake's team arrived in Hawaii on Monday. They'll return home to California on Saturday. The team was also here back in 2007 when they played Waipahu. Police have not confirmed this case.

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