Asbury Park Press
Published 11:13 AM EDT Sep 7, 2018
Just hours after the Asbury Park Press shared a profanity-laden voicemail from former NFL player Charlie Rogers to the parent of an 11-year-old youth football player, St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, New Jersey, fired him as its offensive coordinator on Thursday.
St. John Vianney president Joseph Deroba confirmed the move Friday morning. "We have parted ways,'' DeRoba said.
Rogers, 42, left the 44-second voicemail for Chris Schuster on Aug. 25. Schuster's 11-year-old son left Matawan American Youth Football, where Rogers is a coach, to play for the East Brunswick-based Saint Bart's Buffaloes.
At one point in the voicemail, Rogers said, "We are going to blitz every (expletive) play until your guy comes out of the game."
The Jersey Shore AYF, which includes Matawan and Saint Bart's, had a hearing concerning Rogers on Thursday night, although it remains unknown whether any action was taken by the league.
A statement released by Jersey Shore AYF read: "NJ AYF will be following its bylaws and policy and procedures to the letter of the law. From our bylaws, 2.8.3 reads 'Hearings, rights of the accused: Franchises or persons charged with violations of these titles shall be presumed innocent until such time as a finding against them. All evidence, testimony or information arising out of a hearing is confidential and is not to be divulged to the public.'"
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Rogers is still listed as a coach on the Matawan AYF website. Matawan and Saint Bart's are scheduled to play on Oct. 7. He played five seasons as a return specialist in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.
In the voicemail, Rogers said: "Hey Chris, this is coach Charlie, dog. I'm telling you right now, today in the summertime before we've even started a game yet, right, we are going to blitz every (expletive) play until your guy comes out the game. So don't bring him to the game.
"You know I'm pissed off about this (expletive) right here. And I'm telling you, I swear to God, we are going to blitz, we don't care if we give up a badge or not, we're blitzing everybody. We are blitzing every single (expletive) play. And (inaudible) that it's a bad (expletive) move, and I don't like it, and it's a stupid move and we are going to blitz every single (expletive) play. Hang that (expletive) up, Hill … every play!"
Stephen Edelson: [email protected]; @SteveEdelsonAPP