Darien quarterback appears in court for New Canaan fight
NORWALK — The victory of being part of the recently-dubbed “best football team in the state” did not last long for Jack Joyce. The Darien High School senior and starting quarterback appeared in court Dec. 14 on charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with an officer, both stemming from a social media-fueled altercation with a New Canaan teen.
Wearing a light blue shirt paired with a navy blazer, tie and khakis, the 18-year-old appeared nervous and solemn alongside his attorney, John Thygerson, in Norwalk Court. Thygerson entered an application for an accelerated rehabilitation program on his client’s behalf.
Thygerson also asked Joyce’s appearance not be filmed or photographed, citing the unnecessary publicity surrounding the case. Judge Alex Hernandez denied the request.
Joyce will appear in court again Jan. 18 to find out if his application has been granted. Joyce is also awaiting deposition on separate underage drinking charges from New Canaan police from June.
Hernandez added anyone with an interest in the case would be notified of Joyce’s application, including the victim, represented by attorney Matthew Maddox — who was in court and accepted notice — and New Canaan Sgt. Joseph Farenga who was investigating the case.
According to court documents, Joyce allegedly gave Farenga a false account of what happened the night of Nov. 6 when Joyce and some of his classmates allegeldy went to a home in New Canaan and caused a ruckus with their sports rivals. Police said Joyce used the phone of a friend to talk trash with a New Canaan teen before going to the home where the teen was hanging out with friends. While Brian Minicus, Darien’s wide receiver and defensive back, allegedly punched the New Canaan teen, Joyce was yelling at another teenager.
Joyce later told Farenga he didn’t remember yelling at the girl and he didn’t send the victim any texts, except for a single photo of his middle finger after the victim sent Joyce a photo of his middle finger, according to the arrest warrant.
After turning himself in to police Nov. 22, Joyce did not play in the Turkey Bowl game between Darien and New Canaan, held the following morning. He returned to the field Nov. 28 for the start of the state playoffs, ultimately leading his team to a win Saturday against Greenwich, helping Darien claim its third-consecutive Class LL championship.
On Tuesday evening, Darien was voted the No. 1 team in the state, earning the top spot in the New Haven Register’s Top 10 poll for the third-consecutive season.