A youth football coach in Georgia was banned from the league for all times this week after footage went viral on social media exhibiting him striking a player throughout a sport.
Based on Yahoo Sports, the incident occurred throughout a gap sport Monday on the American Youth Football (AYF) nationwide championships in Kissimmee, Fla.
Within the video shared on Twitter, the coach of a 9-and-beneath workforce from Savannah, Ga., recognized as Gerrel Williams, may be seen hitting certainly one of his gamers within the head twice because the workforce walked to the sidelines at halftime inflicting him to be knocked off steadiness.
Moments later, Williams may be seen hitting the identical player once more laborious sufficient to push him to the bottom earlier than grabbing him by the helmet and pushing him off the sector.
Somebody shared this with me. It was on their Fb web page. Supposedly occurred in Florida throughout some championships in the course of the previous week. Anybody know disposition? Ought to’ve been arrested . . . . . Completely, completely uncalled for. Now we have to rid sports activities of “coaches” like this. pic.twitter.com/X57VMr7Rfe
— Chris Fore (@CoachFore) December 9, 2020
In a press release to Yahoo Sports activities, AYF known as Williams’s actions a “full breach” of its code of conduct, including that the league had expelled the coach from all future occasions.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Division obtained video of the incident, writing in a report that police had made contact with the sufferer’s mom who “suggested she was conscious of the incident, and particularly said she didn’t need to press prices.”
The baby’s mom additionally told the Savannah Morning News she didn’t need to speak concerning the incident, however mentioned she is aware of “that none of those coaches would hurt [the] children.”
Yahoo Sports activities additionally reported that Williams was fired from his job as a detention heart counselor at Georgia’s Chatham County Sheriff’s Workplace after the division noticed the video.
“We reviewed the video, we did an inner investigation, we introduced him in, we interviewed him and he’s now not employed,” a spokeswoman reportedly mentioned. “We don’t condone that sort of conduct.”
In response to the incident, Williams shared a personal video on Fb Wednesday apologizing and saying there was “no excuse” for his actions.
“On the finish of the day, I’m a person, and I’m not gon’ make no excuses for what I did,” he mentioned, in keeping with Yahoo Sports activities. “I used to be flawed. I shouldn’t have disciplined him in public — I shoulda waited ‘til he bought again — for doing what he did.”
“On the finish of the day, I apologize to him, the children, town … and my household again at residence. I do apologize,” Williams continued. “I hope he forgive me, and his mother and father have forgiven me.”
The incident drew consideration all through the week on social media, with LeBron James writing in an Instagram post, “Ain’t no means!! Couldn’t be my child. Hell if I there and it’s not even my child we gone have greater than phrases for positive.”
NFL Corridor-of-Famer and TV host Shannon Sharpe took to Twitter to criticize different adults within the video for not stopping the coach.
“I gained’t let anybody pray on the weak or weak in entrance of me. Not going to occur,” Sharpe mentioned
I’ll whip him even IF* that’s his child. I gained’t let anybody pray on the weak or weak in entrance of me. Not going to occur https://t.co/YZ765bTdaY
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) December 10, 2020