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Cop fired for leaking investigation of team that faced his son's squad

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MTM, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    Another crazy parent

    By RYAN J. FOLEY
    Associated Press Writer
    MADISON, Wis. -- A sheriff's lieutenant has been fired for using his position and official reports to try to weaken a high school football team before it played his son's squad in a state playoff game.
    Lt. Shawn Haney, a 21-year veteran of the Dane County Sheriff's Office, was fired for releasing reports describing a Sept. 30 underage drinking party attended by Waunakee High School football players. Several people face charges in connection with the party.
    His son is a lineman for rival DeForest High School.
    Sheriff David Mahoney said he fired Haney for releasing the reports prematurely and having a conflict of interest.
    Two weeks before the state quarterfinals game on Nov. 3 in which DeForest defeated Waunakee, Haney gave documents to the Waunakee School District detailing the party on a farm where a teacher's aide lived.
    Then, days before the game, Haney called a top official at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Association to complain the district hadn't disciplined athletes at the party and urge action, according to his dismissal letter.
    "The fact that your son plays on a rival team, which could stand to benefit from any sanctions imposed on the Waunakee football team as the two teams progressed through the playoffs, should have caused you to remove yourself from the situation immediately," Mahoney wrote.
    Haney is appealing his firing, claiming he did nothing wrong.
    "Honest to God, everybody has to step back and take a deep breath," said Haney's lawyer, Lester Pines. "We're talking about high school football here. I mean, really, come on. This seems so small-town to me."
    The teacher's aide and her husband were charged with obstructing police. Three others, including a football player, were charged with disorderly conduct using a dangerous weapon.
    Waunakee Superintendent Charles Pursell said players were disciplined but not until after the Nov. 3 quarterfinal game because the investigation wasn't complete.
    DeForest defeated Waunakee 27-13 but later lost the state championship game.
    Pines said the reports could be released to the district under state law during the investigation. And he said Haney was acting as a parent when he complained to the WIAA.
    Pines said he would ask for Haney's job back.
    "It's not like he was trying to influence the election of the governor," the lawyer said. "We're talking about two little tiny school districts. ... But this is Wisconsin. We do take our football kind of seriously."
     
  2. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Gotta love the lawyer's "small town" statement, when you consider what his client did was even "smaller."
     
  3. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Huh?

    "But this is Wisconsin. We do take our football kind of seriously."

    When did Wisconsin high school football get up there with Florida, Texas, California, Ohio and Pennsylvania football?
     
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Dumb cop.

    Like any state association has ever punished players before the big game. It's always 6 months after.
     
  5. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Nice to know this guy's "judgement" got him to the rank of lieutenant.
     
  6. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    I'm just glad neither team won the state championship. That's justice.
     
  7. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    good point.
     
  8. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Remember, its the lawyer's job to propose facts and solutions, its the job of the decision maker to make the right decision.
     
  9. D-3 Fan

    D-3 Fan Active Member

    The decision maker, ultimately, was the Sheriff. ;)
     
  10. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    norm charleton?
     
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Before I even clicked on, I sensed "wacky story."

    As soon as I sensed "wacky story," I sensed "Wisconsin."
     
  12. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Damn, you're good.
     
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