Cooper: 'A culture of hazing'

An investigation by a private attorney but commissioned by the Hamilton County Board of Education found a "culture of hazing" existed on the 2015-2016 Ooltewah High School basketball team, which was then coached by Andre "Tank" Montgomery, pictured.

A private attorney's investigation into the basketball program at Ooltewah High School did not uncover much more than already had been alleged or charged following last December's pool-cue rape of a player during a basketball tournament in Gatlinburg, Tenn., but it did verify and clarify much that had been alleged about the team in the run-up to and actions following the incident.

Sadly, Courtney Bullard's report, which was commissioned by the Hamilton County Board of Education, concluded "a culture of hazing" existed on the 2015-2016 basketball team. It further said it would be "difficult to believe, that at a minimum, [then-head coach Andre 'Tank'] Montgomery was not aware of excessive horseplay." And it concluded then-Principal Jim Jarvis and then-Athletics Director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley failed to appropriately handle the situation.

However, as the report states, her investigation "is not a criminal investigation, and it is not a substitute for the pending criminal investigations."