April 14, 2024 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Allegations Run Rife as Drugs Suspected in Samohi Baseball Team:

By Sebastian Lopez

Three baseball players from the Santa Monica High School baseball team have been suspended for one week and six baseball games after allegedly smoking marijuana during a baseball tournament in San Diego, according to several sources who spoke directly with The Mirror.

The incident occurred while the team was participating in varsity games in San Diego during spring break.

The sources, who wish to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, also claim that the entire incident is a cover up and that the team and coach should be facing more serious consequences.

According to one source, who said they have been speaking with parents from the baseball team, more than four players,  who were singled-out at the time, were involved in the alleged drug-smoking incident, and at one point the coach interrogated one of the players alone in the bathroom.

“The school is sending the wrong message,” commented Tony Todd, former Santa Monica High School assistant baseball coach. “They’re saying, ‘As a student athlete, you can do drugs and move on with your career just fine,’ and it starts with the coach.”

According to Todd, current Samohi Baseball Head Coach Loren Drake, has not handled the incident properly.

“This situation never should have happened,” Todd said. “We went to San Diego six years in a row while I was there and something like this never happened because we set the rules on day one.”

While the details of the incident and subsequent allegations may be up in the air, the fact that something did indeed occur, is not; Santa Monica-Malibu United School District (SMMUSD) confirmed that an investigation is under way.

“I am unable to verify the details of the alleged incident with the three Samohi students who were sent home early with a parent from a baseball tournament during spring break, due to privacy laws,” said Gail Pinsker, Community and Public Relations Officer for SMMUSD. “The alleged incident is under investigation and any disciplinary action considered will be based on the adherence to Education Code and SMMUSD board policy.”

Pinsker also noted that the results pertaining to the investigation will remain confidential, as is required.

“I think it’s a cover up, I heard even the coach’s son was involved,” James McPherson, Santa Monica High School alumni and former Samohi Baseball player, told The Mirror.

The current allegations are the tip of the iceberg, according to several sources, who claim that the boys singled out are covering for the starters who got caught, and that the team is well-known for holding beer pong parties and gambling.

As more details come to the surface, the worrying situation is creating ripples in the Samohi community, many concerned that it highlights a much deeper problem endemic to the team.

“I was informed by some of the kids on the team because they still confide in me and told me everything that happened,” Todd explained.

The establishment is trying to cover it all up because the coach and principal of Santa Monica High School are very close friends, according to Todd.

“I think what happened in San Diego is a small part of the whole thing,” a parent of one of the baseball players on the team told The Mirror. “There is a lot of mismanagement going on starting with the head coach.”

in News
Related Posts

Registration Now Open for Summer at New Roads

April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

New Roads School is accepting registration for its summer program, a vibrant selection of classes and camps curated to meet...

CodeREV Inspires Kids to Code

April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

Budding coders, robotics engineers, game developers, animators and STEM campers are invited to join CodeREV this summer for a memorable...

YMCA Santa Monica: When School Is Out, Camp Is In

April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

As the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District nears its end,  YMCA Santa Monica is setting up for its popular Summer...

Top 4 Party Boat Rentals in San Diego

April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

Here’s a rundown of the top 4 party boat rentals that will elevate any event to an unforgettable experience: Alana...

Venice Shorts: Media Trucks Scour Canals After Saturday’s Violent Assaults

April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

Just How Safe Is Venice? By Nick Antonicello Car vandalism, tool theft, break-ins, property theft, pick-pocketing at the beach, rampant...

Accents Owner Steven Hanna Reflects on Decades Long Legacy

April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

For 37 years, Accents Jewelry has transcended mere commerce, evolving into a vibrant community, a crucible of creativity, and a...

Santa Monica Breakfast Club Hosts 8th Annual Mad Hatter Tea Party

April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

Whimsical Event Raises Funds for Local Families’ Dental Care Needs The Santa Monica Breakfast Club is gearing up for its...

Council Advances Plans for 120+ Affordable Apartments

April 11, 2024

April 11, 2024

The Development Aims to Serve Individuals and Families Earning Between 30 to 80% of the Area Median Income The City...

(Video) The New Menu Experience at Cassia Restaurant in Santa Monica is Delicious

April 11, 2024

April 11, 2024

The Southeast Asian dishes satisfy. Friendly ambiance, flavorful food, subtle cocktails, beer and wine, and scrumptious desserts. @smmirrornews The New...

Lyft Driver Charged with Sexual Assault Following Investigation

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

The Incident Occured in September By Zach Armstrong A Lyft driver who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman last year has...

SB 1509 Advances: Malibu Officials Rally Behind Negligent Operator Treatment Bill

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

Senator Stern’s Legislation Gains Momentum in Effort to Curb Reckless Driving SB 1509, the Negligent Operator Treatment bill spearheaded by...

“New Girl” Actor Sells Palisades Abode for $3.1M

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

He and His Wife Undertook a Renovation of the Unique, Two-Story Abode, Transforming It Into a Picturesque Beachfront Dwelling Actor...

Nationwide Retail Theft Scheme Leads to Five-Year Prison Sentence for Santa Monica Man

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

The Man Led a Group That Hoodwinked Department Stores Across 23 States By Zach Armstrong A Santa Monica man was...

Two Women Assaulted and Injured Near Venice Canals, LAPD Initiates Investigation

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

The Venice Community Will See an Increase in Patrols Along With Black and White Police Vehicles By Zach Armstrong An...

Report: State Farm’s California Policy Shakeup to Hit Palisades the Hardest

April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

Customers Affected Will Receive Notifications Starting July 3 for Property Holders and August 20 for Commercial Apartment Holders The San...