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Davidson High School head football coach placed on administrative leave

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MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

Long-time Davidson High School football coach Fred Riley has been placed on administrative leave, effective immediately.

Mobile County Public Schools Director of Communications Rena Philips confirmed Riley's leave Wednesday, August 8.

When asked if action had been taken against Riley, Philips said that he that has been placed on "administrative leave."

When asked why, Philips said she could not comment on personnel matters. Riley did not respond to FOX10 News when we asked him for a comment. 

Riley is at the center of controversy after then-freshman quarterback Rodney Kim Jr. suffered a broken arm during an alleged locker-room hazing incident back in April.

Nine players have been suspended since the attack.

According to Mobile Police, the day of the alleged attack, officers responded to the school at approximately 4:30 p.m. in reference to an assault complaint.

They said the 14-year-old victim, Rodney Kim Jr., who had just gotten promoted to the varsity team, stated after practice the team was headed to the locker room and one of the leaders of the team pushed him to the floor. That's when several upperclassmen started hitting, kicking and physically jumping on top of him. Cell phone video shows the incident.  

Kim's family filed a $12 million lawsuit against the school system in May. The Kims also demanded school leaders get tougher about hazing locally. 

In August, families of three other students joined the lawsuit. Two of the teens were football players at Davidson when they were allegedly hazed. The third student was not a football player, but he claims he was attacked by Davidson players when he tried to work out in the weight room. 

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