According to reports, the hazing was more than what is considered normal behavior. Allegations include battery and sexual assault. The superintendent, Richard Labbe, argued that because it was unclear how widespread the hazing was, he was forced to cancel the season for all players. Realizing that innocent players would be punished with the loss of football, he simply stated that the safety of players is of far more importance than a football season.
Thus far no charges have been brought against the coaching staff, however Stuart Green, the founder of the New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention argues that, "When these problems arise they're never primarily a function of the individual kids or players... these problems primarily arise because of the behaviors of the adults and leaders who manage these environments." Clearly the implication here is that while the coaches may not have been involved in this particular case, they may have created an environment in which hazing is allowed or perhaps even encouraged.
To date seven players have been arrested on charges of harassment, intimidation, bullying, and sexual assault.