- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) - The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office is investigating “inappropriate conduct” by people connected to Sayreville High’s football team that caused the cancellation of a scheduled game, the school district’s superintendent said Friday.

Richard Labbe said at a news conference that the cancellation and subsequent forfeit of Sayreville War Memorial High’s Thursday night game against South Brunswick High were not related to accusations that an assistant football coach at the school possessed steroids. He said that case is the focus of a separate investigation.

The coach, defensive coordinator Charles Garcia, has resigned, his lawyer told NJ Advance Media.

Labbe didn’t specify the conduct that forced the game’s cancellation but said it was “of a very serious nature.” He didn’t say how many players may have been involved, but said a decision on Sayreville’s next game would depend on what the investigation reveals.

“The decision to cancel and to forfeit the game was made by me, because this community needs to know that the safety and welfare of our students, and particularly the students on our football team, comes first,” he said, adding that the district takes a “zero-tolerance approach” to harassment and bullying.

A spokesman for the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office confirmed the office is investigating but didn’t provide details.

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