WASHINGTON -- Five football players from a Catholic high school in Maryland have been cut after a scandal involving three prostitutes that were secretly brought into their hotel room during an away game in North Carolina.
The Washington Post, which broke the story involving DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville on Thursday night, reported that the players allegedly engaged in sexual activity with the prostitutes, who were hired via a call service.
Due to the age of the players involved, the Post did not name the students involved but notes those allegedly involved are facing serious consequences:
Two players withdrew from the school this week, two others have been recommended for expulsion pending appeal and a fifth faces a disciplinary hearing on Friday morning, according to both people familiar with the aftermath.
Patch reports that police in Morrisville, N.C., are now investigating the incident.
As Yahoo! Sports notes, the circumstances involving the high school athletes being able to get prostitutes into their hotel room are mind boggling:
Naturally, the blame falls solely on the players for making a decision that not only cost them a spot on the team, but a chance to receive a great education. At the same time, it's hard not to wonder how five players managed to get three prostitutes past 18 chaperones.
The incident occurred at 5 a.m., an hour after the final 4 a.m. hallcheck. A bedcheck was conducted at 1:30 a.m., according to the Post.
DeMatha is a nationally known athletic powerhouse. Last week's game between DeMatha and Durham, N.C.'s Hillside High School, where DeMatha won 52-14, was described as "a recruiter's delight" by Durham's Herald-Sun newspaper.
DeMatha Principal Dan McMahon, according to Patch, released a statement saying: "The school stands behind our coach, Elijah Brooks, his staff, the school staff who monitored the trip, and our students. "The school community is saddened and hurt by the actions of these few who do not reflect the character of the community."
This post has been updated to reflect new information about police in North Carolina investigating the incident.