The Paterson Eastside boys basketball team withdrew from the New Jersey state tournament on Wednesday after an explosive report detailed that the team's former coach had six players living in his Paterson condominium.
Coach Juan Griles -- who has since been suspended, along with assistant coach Al Maldonado -- reportedly had six players living in his Paterson condo, three Nigerians and three Puerto Ricans. Griles is the guardian of one of the Puerto Rican players, while Maldonado is the guardian of another, Juny Santiago.
"As part of the ongoing internal investigation of the Paterson Eastside High School athletic program by former state Supreme Court Justice John Wallace, Jr., NJSIAA has been notified by Paterson Public Schools that the association should proceed with seeding the boys basketball tournament without Paterson Eastside," the NJSIAA said in a statement. "NJSIAA anticipates further details from the school district sometime tomorrow."
Bloomfield becomes the new No. 1 seed in the North 1, Group 4 bracket, replacing Eastside.
In an exclusive interview with SNY on Feb. 8, Maldonado said he was "shocked" and "stunned" at the allegations.
"I was shocked," Maldonado said. "I know what Coach Griles is about, I know what I'm about. Without getting into too much detail, some of the allegations that I [saw] in that article stunned me. In my opinion, [there was] a little bit of sensationalism. But my initial reaction was shock."
Eastside, meantime, will still face rival Paterson Kennedy in the Passaic County Tournament championship game on Saturday.