Hinsdale, IL

Lawsuit against Hinsdale South High School is Savage!

Adrian Holman
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An incident that made major news headlines last week was a lawsuit brought up against Hinsdale South High School for kicking their star player off of the boys basketball team.

Brendan Savage is a two-time all conference player for the Hinsdale South Hornets. However, he was not placed on this year's team by new head coach Michael Belcaster after tryouts in early November.

Belcaster retaliated against Savage after Savage made a school complaint against former head coach Michael Moretti of Moretti bullying and intimidating Savage last season.

After investigating this claim, the school district could not substantiate the complaint, but Moretti was demoted to the freshmen basketball coach.

Along with keeping Savage off of the team, the lawsuit states that Moretti showed Savage a video of Vietnam veterans when Savage was suffering with knee pain during the season. Instead of giving Savage some rest before being ready to play, here is what Moretti said.

"We're going to watch this video of Vietnam vets. Notice a lot of them are amputees, Brendan. Maybe you will stop complaining about your knee pain if you watch this video."

Maybe Moretti would have been exposed as being a horrible coach without the best player being on the court.

In a game before Thanksgiving, the school had reinstated Savage to the team, but he was not allowed to sit on the bench with his teammates because of the lawsuit. The school at that time did not give a guarantee that Savage will play a game this season even though he has been reinstated to the team.

Fortunately, Savage played in their game against Downers Grove South Friday evening.



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