As I have mentioned over the last 48 hours, the Darien administration and football program have demonstrated tremendous compassion and dignity in the way they have handled the aftermath of five players vandalizing the New Canaan High School campus prior to yesterday’s game.
And as I reported in my game story, a letter of apology was read before the game, signed by Darien coach Rob Trifone and his captains, to New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli as he stood at the center of the field. It was a public display of great class.
One mistake I made yesterday with everything being so hectic was getting a copy of the letter. It was emailed to me tonight by someone on the Darien side and it is worth sharing.
People unfortunately are going to associate the Darien program with this horrible incident. I believe these words are a more accurate representation of Trifone and his players:
To Coach Marinelli and the New Canaan Rams,
On behalf of the entire Blue Wave football team, we would like to apologize for the thoughtless and immature actions of our ex-teammates on Tuesday night at your high school. We recognize the gravity of what happened and have taken appropriate disciplinary measures to address the problem. We are ashamed by the disrespect that they showed. As a team and school, we do not condone this type of behavior, nor are we proud of it.
In the future, we hope that despite the historic rivalry between our two schools, we can continue to hold the utmost respect for one another. Once again, we are deeply sorry for what happened.
Peter McDonough, Will Weinstock, Graham Maybell, Charlie Kunze, Jake Weil, and Coach Trifone