Violence in sports is often looked upon as being at an all-time high, but things just got taken to another level. Yahoo Sports reported on Sept. 10, 2013, that a Pennsylvania high school football player could end up facing criminal charges after he ripped off an opposing player's helmet and the beat him with it.
Making things worse is that the entire incident was captured on video and that has helped police in their investigation of the attack.
Joey Cominsky, senior quarterback and safety for Hamburg (Pa.) High, is the player that ripped the helmet off of Annville-Cleona lineman Josh Hartmann. Cominsky then proceeded to raise the helmet into the air and slam it down into the head of Hartmann.
"The police are doing their investigation, and that’s where it stands at this point," Annville-Cleona athletic director Tommy Long told PennLive. "That’s about all I can tell you.
"It's always disappointing when you see something like this. You certainly don't want to see a situation like this within the lines of a game -- football, basketball, wrestling, whatever."
Annville-Cleona player Taylor Prentice jumped into the fight and he was immediately ejected for the rest of the game. Cominsky was also thrown out.
Hartmann ended up having a scalp laceration and missed some time in the game, but Annville-Cleona coach Terry Lehman says that he was able to avoid significant injury.
"The Hamburg kid kinda flipped out and took the scrum to a completely different level," Lehman told PennLive. "Our kid is OK.
"I will say this. Our kids really made a positive out of a very horrible negative. They really hung in there, came back and played as a team."
Hamburg ended up holding on to win the game 25-22. Annville-Cleona started a big time comeback, but it just wasn't enough to take the win.