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Andover coach's attorney makes statement

As an alleged hazing incident involving the Andover High boys' basketball team is being investigated, an attorney for longtime coach Dave Fazio told the Lawrence Eagle Tribune that Fazio "acted promptly, compassionately, professionally, legally and morally" in reporting the incident as soon as he became aware of it.

According to the Tribune report, Fazio, who is entering his 22nd season at the school, was not available for comment, but his attorney, Michael Morris of Andover, spoke on his behalf.

Morris said another Andover High coach informed Fazio on Nov. 11 of allegations made by a player on the basketball team.

"Mr. Fazio acted promptly, compassionately, professionally, legally and morally by responding to the boy and his parents, some of the parents of other boys involved, to the Andover Police and his superiors all at the first opportunity," Morris said. "Mr. Fazio did everything possible to deal with this 4-month-old situation. This is not a school-related issue."

Morris refused further comment and would not comment on any aspects of the investigation, the Tribune said.

The Tribune also reported that the Easton police department is investigating the alleged incident, which the paper says took place at an overnight basketball camp at Stonehill College.

A statement posted on the Andover High website last week states that "a full investigation commenced immediately upon the administration's receipt of allegations and is nearly completed."