FLAGRANT FOUL: WIAA releases statement about Connell video

January 5, 2012 

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released a statement Thursday afternoon about the video of a Highland-Connell basketball game featuring multiple hard fouls.

The statement reads:

"WIAA statement concerning the Connell-Highland Basketball game that was played on Dec. 22nd:

The WIAA is currently working with the two schools, officials and Washington Officials Association on the situation. The WIAA has the utmost concern for the safety of the student-athletes and the welfare of the game."

The video shows Connell's Cole Vanderbilt and Kennan VanHollebeke delivering some hard fouls, some of which could be considered flagrant or intentional, according to some school officials.

The video was posted by Michael Christenson of Yakima, an uncle of Highland's Tanner Christenson. Michael Christenson told the Tri-City Herald on Wednesday that he wasn't expecting the video to go viral. The video has been linked by Yahoo! Sports and Deadspin.

Christenson emailed a copy of the video and demands for action to nine Tri-City Herald employees. He also used a Twitter account to send the video to the NCAA, ESPN, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Tony Kornheiser, Mike Wilbon, TNT's Kenny Smith, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith and Jim Rome. The Twitter account has since been deleted.

The video has drawn a variety of criticisms online, with many commentators branding Vanderbilt as a bully.

To read the Herald story, click here.

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