The district has not confirmed how many students were hospitalized. “Please know the District immediately implemented measures to address the situation and provide support for our students,” the school said in the letter, according to WFAA. The district said Harrell had been placed on administrative leave and that a third party had been hired by the district to investigate the incident. The school said students should see a trainer if they have symptoms that include being unable to bend or extend their arms, being unable to lift their arms above the head, having dark urine and experiencing sharp arm pain. Junior Brady Luff, a team captain, defended Harrell, according to WFAA-TV. “Heath football, it’s a brotherhood … these coaches have treated me with so much respect and have treated me like their son,” Luff said. Luff said the workout in question “wasn’t any different than any workout we’ve done before, intensity-wise. Our motto, it’s the number 16. Sixteen ball games to win a championship. We do these workouts and it’s all about discipline. If we get them right, we move on. If not, we do 16 push-ups.” “I’ve heard people say that we didn’t have water and that is not true,” Luff said. “We have these big jugs full of water. You can go there in between reps and get water whenever you want. No one was deprived of water.” Luff said Harrell “would never make us do a workout thinking it was gonna put any of us at risk.” “I want people to know that Coach Harrell is a great man and he’s treated us with nothing but respect. He loves every single one of us,” he added. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
JUST IN: @wfaa has learned CPS/DFPS has launched an investigation into the Rockwall-Heath offseason workout that led to several athletes being hospitalized with Rhabdomyolysis.The agency wouldn’t comment further. Coach John Harrell (below) remains on administrative leave. pic.twitter.com/WESg14QsLY — Matt Howerton (@HowertonNews) January 17, 2023