SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Mater Dei High School president Fr. Walter Jenkins has resigned from his position months after an alleged hazing scandal surfaced that involved the school’s football team, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange announced on Saturday.

The family of a former football player at the school filed a lawsuit in November against Mater Dei and the Diocese after he allegedly suffered brain damage and a broken nose during a hazing ritual with a teammate.

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Mission Viejo , CA – December 11: Head coach Bruce Rollinson of Mater Dei Monarchs prior to a 2021 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Game between the Mater Dei Monarchs and the Serra Padres at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo on Saturday, December 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

The family of the former player accused the school of trying to cover up the incident, according to the Los Angeles Times. The player transferred out of Mater Dei following the incident, which took place in February.

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When news of the lawsuit emerged, current players and family members showed support for head coach Bruce Rollinson, who has helped build Mater Dei into a national football powerhouse.

Rollinson and current Mater Dei players reportedly did not speak to reporters following the team’s victory over Servite High in the CIF Southern Section Open Division Championship in December.

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A school spokesperson told the LA Times that Fr. Jenkins’ departure is not related to the ongoing investigation into the hazing incident.