DEARBORN HEIGHTS (WWJ) – A judge has dismissed assault and battery charges against four high school football players who were accused of starting an on-field shoving match last October.

WWJ’s Florence Walton was in the courtroom when 20th District Judge Mark Plawecki dismissed the misdemeanor charges against the 17-year-old Star International Academy football players — Mohamed Elfatih Ahmed, Fanar Al-Furat Al-Asady, Hadee Mohamaud Attia and Ali Maniff Bajjey.

The judge said although the students’ behavior on the field was deplorable, football is a brutally violent sport.

“If we criminalize these players’ actions, we criminalize nearly every football game ever played. If we criminalize these actions, we criminalize every pitcher who has intentionally thrown at a batter, and every vagrant elbow thrown beneath the basket,” said Plawecki.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred during the final minutes of a playoff game last year, as Star International Academy was about to be defeated by Westland Lutheran High School 47-6.

Referees told the players on the field that Westland’s quarterback was going to take a knee to run out the clock, are warned players not to react violently. Instead, police say several Star players burst through the offensive line and laid out the quarterback, 15-year-old P.J. Guse, who suffered a grade III concussion and missed some school as a result.

“I’m not sure how he went flying through the air but he did. He landed face down and didn’t move. And I’ve never been so scared,” said Jane Guse, P.J.’s mother.

Players and coaches from both teams stormed the field and a brief skirmish broke out, during which Westland’s coach was punched by a Star player.

After a three-month investigation, the players were criminally charged by Dearborn Heights Police and Wayne County.

Diane Herra, who was at the game when violence erupted, said she was disappointed with the judge’s ruling.

“This boy could not even walk to the benches, he kept falling because he was so hurt. So, I just don’t understand, just because, you know, it’s a Muslim school and we’re a Christian school,” said Herra.

The judge did suggest, however, that civil litigation is an option for the Guse family.

Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan, said he is pleased with the judge’s decision.

“To have criminally charged these youths, treat them like adults, would be basically to decriminalize almost every football game that takes place on the collegiate level, high school level or professional level. So, we are pleased with the verdict today,” said Walid.

Comments (14)
  1. esther008 says:

    I am happy for these young men because I don’t believe the action taken against them was fair, but I am also prayerful for the young man that was injured and his family.

    1. Cheryl says:

      who are you kiddding, esther008. This was something that was done purposefully and with malice. When it comes to muslims in this country, we walk on eggshells. They are a violent people bent on destroying every other race and religion. It’s in the Quran. You people in lala land better wake up.

      1. cacao says:

        How true your statement is. Allen Park High School has had to have their buses escorted by police when leaving a game at Fordson High in Dearborn.

  2. 4serena says:

    I understand the judge’s reasoning… If they were held criminally responsible then it would set a precedent in which every player who goes against the rules and attacks another player, in any sport, would have to be criminally charged. However, with that said, what these boys did was above and beyond average rule-breaking in the sport of football; their actions were downright DEPLORABLE! I’m Muslim and I truly believe these boys should be held accountable for their action in some way – if that means a civil trial then I hope the boy who was injured and his parents pursue that option.

  3. Fa'iz says:

    While I agree that they should not be criminally charged. I believe they should face some sort of punishment (e.g. banned from playing football, school suspension, or maybe community service) for their behavior within the school. It is unsportsmanlike like behavior to injure an opponent.

  4. Jim says:

    What might have been the outcome if it had been the other way around? I’m just askin’!

    1. Auntie Venom says:

      But seriously, the other schools in the league should impose sanctions of their own on this school for failure to instill sportsman like conduct in their players.

  5. Mad Angel on FB says:


    SO I GUESS THAT ‘JUSTIFIES’ 4 PLAYERS BEATING 1 WHO ISN’T EVEN IN PLAY….(when a knee touches the ground ‘play’ is over)

    and there ARE legal remedies for the actions the judge claimed like pitchers who intentionally throw at a batter, and vagrant elbows thrown beneath the basket, along with with intentionally harming another player – as this obviously was….

    I seriously hope the parents do proceed with civil prosecution….

    Mad Angel on FB

  6. citizen says:

    When there is no justice in the courts, then justice is sought in the street.

  7. Paul Hollier says:

    Why did 4 muslim players deliberately target and attack one christian player, after the ball was no longer even in play?

    “Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion. In the international community, however, terrorism has no universally agreed, legally binding, criminal law definition.[1][2] Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for a religious, political or, ideological goal; and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians). Some definitions now include acts of unlawful violence and war.”


  8. Paul Hollier says:

    A little more food for thought:

    Apologists often try to explain away Islamic terrorism as a byproduct of something else. The usual argument is that, because Muslims are politically, socially, or militarily weak—the archetypal example often given is Israel vis-à-vis the Palestinians—they have no choice but to resort to terror to strike at their stronger adversaries. In other words, they resort to terrorism simply to even the odds—hence the argument that terrorism is the “weapon of the weak.”

    Though this narrative is widely accepted, it is demonstrably false. Consider the following account that took place a couple of weeks ago in Muslim-majority Egypt:

    More than 300 Muslim lawyers inside and outside a courthouse in the southern Egyptian province of Assuit today [3/16] prevented defense lawyer Ahmad Sayed Gabali, who is representing the Christian, Makarem Diab, from going into court. Mr. Diab was found guilty of “Insulting the Muslim Prophet” and was scheduled today for a hearing on his appeal. Attorney Dr. Naguib Gabriell, head of the Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organization, said there was “terror in the Assiut Court today.” He added that he was on his way to court when he was advised that Muslim lawyers have issued death threats to any Christian lawyers who attend the court session. “Makram Diab was assaulted by Muslim lawyers during his transfer from the courtroom and security failed to protect him.” Peter Sarwat, a Coptic lawyer, said that Muslim lawyers representing the plaintiffs prevented the defense team from entering court: “They said no Muslim will defend a Christian. It was agreed that Christian lawyers would take over and two Coptic lawyers volunteered, but the Muslims decided later that even Christians would not defend him.” Sarwat said the Muslim lawyers wanted to assault the chief judge but he managed to leave the court via a rear door [emphasis added].

    The report goes on to explain how Muslim lawyers and activists went to court to defend Diab’s right to a fair trial only to be assaulted by other Muslim lawyers: “They were assaulting us in a beastly and strange way just because we went there to defend a citizen who happened to be a Christian,” said one of the lawyers, adding that exiting the court required security intervention: “We left court in a security vehicle which took us to Security headquarters, otherwise, we don’t know what the outcome would have been for us.”

    More details include eyewitnesses reporting that the Muslim lawyers were “armed with clubs.” Several, including reporters, were injured in the ensuing melee, and human rights groups were “forced out of the courtroom by the Muslims.”

    Was the condemned Christian’s attorney right to categorize this incident as “terrorism”? According to, the primary definition of terrorism is “the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.” In other words, terrorism is not just limited to 9/11-type strikes, but involves intimidating, bullying, threatening, etc.—precisely what happened at this courthouse trial.


  9. tarzon50 says:

    Get a petition to get the Judge debared. Protest in Dearborn MI, Freephobia. Also those families of the culprits need to be civily sued.

  10. bobthemoron says:

    Only good muslim is a muslim living somewhere else