The first meeting of Joe Klunk, Mohammad Hamzeh and Ken Kolich
was on December 22, 1998. The outline of Mr. Hamzeh's position
in this meeting was as follows:
- Recreation department has no right to discriminate or exclude
a Rutherford citizen from recreational activities and their decision
is an unlawful act of discrimination.
- Coaches or recreation department may not enforce any rules
that is not documented and is not approved by all the players
and their families or violates other state or federal laws.
- We do not tolerate any discriminatory or illegal decision
in the city of Rutherford and use all available forces to inform
the public and prevent such decisions.
- Recreation department may potentially create the grounds
for a lawsuit against the borough of Rutherford as a result of
their unlawful decisions.
Mr. Hamzeh's comment after the meeting:
In this meeting I was told that Hooman is not permitted to play
because he quitted his out-door team two times. I asked them
if they have any documented rules to support their decision and
if they have informed the players about such rules? and there
are no documented or approved rules.
If Recreation department can exclude someone from recreational
activities, we may soon see that sanitation department does not
collect some on's garbage or Fire department refuses to accept
call from certain families, police department refuses to help
certain victims and it goes on and on.
I think Mr. Kolich just can't accept that other coach is getting
better players, and I also think that Mr. Kolich has worked hard
and has done his best and his disagreement with Hooman's play
was just a childish act of jealousy. But just because he is a
good man, does not mean that recreation department has right
to support his unlawful decisions. Recreation department has
legal responsibilities and must serve all Rutherford people not
just one coach.
I told them what I think and left the meeting earlier to give
chance to Mr. Kolich and Mr. Klunk to discuss this matter and
make a wise decision and call me back.
Next day morning I went to recreation department and asked Mr.
Klunk that he didn't call me. First he denied that he was supposed
to call me and inform me of the final decision and then he said
"Nothing is changed" meaning that Hooman can not play.
I told him that I will send him a letter and expect a written
explanation for this decision.