CBS Philly

By Todd Quinones

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — Eight wrestlers punished for their involvement in a photo scandal that sent shockwaves through a local high school are speaking out.

There are questions about whether or not the picture depicts a lynching.

Thursday night the wrestlers defended themselves against claims the picture was racially motivated.

In the photo seven white teens from the Phillipsburg High School wrestling team are posed with a black wrestling dummy in a Paulsboro wrestling shirt that’s hanging from a noose.

Two of the boys have the hoods on their sweatshirts fixed into points.

Thursday night the students faced news cameras together for the first time since the controversial picture went viral on Tuesday (See Previous Story).

They didn’t answer questions.

In a statement read by their attorney Scott Wilhelm, they say the wrestling dummies are only made of dark leather.

“Didn’t give a thought to the…

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