GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (March 4, 2017)(CNBNewsnet)--Bruce Darrow, a volunteer coach for the Carmen Palmiero Basketball League (CPBL), Gloucester City, released the following statement today regarding the melee at a basketball game held in Cold Springs School, Gloucester City. Information about the February 24 incident was released to the press by the Gloucester City Police Department in their weekly crime report.
CORRECTED STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY DARROW
Darrow states, “A recent CNBNewsnet and Courier Post story concerning a basketball game at Cold Springs School regarding some teenagers being arrested is attracting much attention and several important issues should be pointed out."
"Although most of the story is correct and is accurate to a point some in depth facts must be submitted. But please understand this is not a denial of what happened but a few facts that can clear up some misunderstandings and perceptions."
"This game was between travel teams from Gloucester City and visiting Lawnside not local teams, both teams are members of the Camden County Basketball League. Of the apparent 20 people involved at least, 15 were peacekeepers making sure things did not get out of hand. And as reported the 3 juveniles arrested are Gloucester City residents, BUT the 3 juveniles arrested were members of the visiting Lawnside team and were in no way associated with the Gloucester Travel basketball program."
"After conversations with referees involved, Gloucester coach’s and league officials, it appears everyone involved with the home Gloucester Team from Coach’s to players to spectators, acted with good sportsmanship and in no way were involved in any altercation."