PALESTINE — An East Texas high school football player is home after a brutal assault reportedly at the hands of a teammate. According to KETK and the Palestine Herald-Press, Michael Stanczak, 18, was released from Children’s Medical Center in Dallas on Sunday with a pain regimen. The Palestine High School football player was hospitalized on September 27, after being assaulted by LeGeorge Gray, 17, according to police. The assault allegedly occurred in the locker room after football practice. The fight started when Gray tried to collect $5 Stanczak reportedly owed him from a bet over a basketball game.
The arrest affidavit states Gray started the fight and punched the victim multiple times before it was broken up by others. Stanczak suffered a broken jaw and nose, along with other fractures to smaller bones. Gray has been charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. Police say the the suspect will be tried as an adult.
The school district released a statement, in part saying:
“Palestine HS and the PHS Athletic Department are investigating the situation and will make disciplinary decisions based on our Student Code of Conduct and Athletic Handbook. Additionally, our School Resource Officer, in conjunction with the Palestine Police Department, made an arrest this afternoon. Any criminal decisions will be made independently and separately from Palestine ISD. Again, we wish a speedy recovery for our student.”