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.
On Friday, three suspensions in addition to the boys basketball coaches suspensions were announced, and the girls basketball team withdrew from the state tournament, according to NJ.com.
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."
The NJSIAA released an additional statement on Thursday:
"NJSIAA supports Paterson Public Schools' decision to withdraw Paterson Eastside High School from the NJSIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament and the Passaic County Tournament. Given the evolving nature of this situation, NJSIAA remains in communication with the district and its representatives to assess compliance with NJSIAA rules and regulations and ensure the safety and well-being of student athletes. The association anticipates working collaboratively with former Justice John Wallace as he continues his investigation and oversight."
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.