Thomas Hennen issues PUBLIC APOLOGY for actions in basketball game
Sun, 02/10/2019 - 9:13pm admin
•Letter from senior explains his actions, apologies to MACCRAY, fans, teammates and Minneota State High School League
Scott Thoma, Mascot Staff Writer
On Sunday Thomas Hennen issed This Public apology
"In our varsity boys' basketball game against MACCRAY on Jan. 31 in Clara City, I took it upon myself to violate a Minnesota State High School League rule by shooting free throws on two separate occasions when it was a teammate that had been fouled and should have gone to the free-throw line.
As a result of my actions, I was suspended for two games while each of those two teammates received a one-game suspension. I whole-heartedly accept the penalty given to me by my administrators.
In the heat of the game, my competitiveness emerged and I failed to think about the repercussions of my actions at that time.
I would like to apologize to those two teammates, as well as to the rest of my team and coaches, the fans, the school, and the community for my actions.
I would also like to apologize to the MACCRAY players, coaches and fans; and also to the Minnesota State High School League.
I know moving forward that I have learned from my inexcusable actions, and that it will never happen again."
Minneota High School
Actions of Minneota basketball players in the game last week in Clara City against MACCRAY were apparently reported to the Minnesota State High School League and the Minneota School District.
As a result, Minneota administrators suspended senior Thomas Hennen, junior Logan Sussner and sophomore Jacob Hennen for their actions in the game.
Another result reported by the Minnesota Basketball News is that Minneota has been dropped completely from the Class A Rankings after holding the top spot all season.
Minneota won the game with MACCRAY, 87-83 — but apparently Thomas Hennen shot free throws that were meant to be shot by Jacob Hennen and Logan Sussner.
On Sunday, Thomas Hennen issued the statement above concerning his actions, taking full blame and responsibility for what happened.
In that game Thomas Hennen scored 45 points — one short of the Minneota record of 46 held by Shane Hennen.
Playing without the three, Minneota lost to Yellow Medicine East Saturday, 57-55.
(Story on the game, including this apology is filed in the Sports Section on this website).