Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 6/30/14

Oftentimes in the wonderful — yet violent — world of football we see tempers flaring on the field. Unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness penalties are a part of the game at all levels. What do you expect from a sport that is based around 250-pound guys trying to hurt each other? On rare occasions, we [...]

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22 Comments:
  • Sounds like the coach didn't follow through with his promise.
  • What do we expect? They are learning so well from the National Felon League (NFL)....do what you want to anything,anyone,anytime...cause we will still let you play "Pro" sports!
  • Kid should stay in jail for a time to think about it and to show others the consequences of his actions. Then his parents, especially his father, should learn how to do a better job of teaching.
  • The coach doesn't belong coaching high school kids if that's how he responds to them.
  • I disagree with you.
  • I completely agree with you.
  • Unless you know the coach you really don't know what you're talking about. The coach is a great teacher and coach who has the respect of the community. The kids been in trouble numerous times. It's people like you that shoot off your mouth without knowing the facts that enable kids to act without thinking.
  • I'm not sure I would want to know the coach, and very presumptuous of you to say people dont know what they are talking about. I think everyone has read the article and I for one am entitled to my opinion. Again.. a good coach would have let the angry student space and time to cool off. So you know the student is not the only one who acted without thinking.
  • Sounding like the typical public school teacher....quick to blame a father. How do you even know his father is in the household?? I think the coach should be under review. Why would you even call out your players. No one stands up for these kids in a public school setting so kids need to stand up for themselves.
  • The coach should be ashamed of himself. Is that what it takes to feel like a man - telling a highschool kid that he'll "put him in the dirt"? If a coach told my son he'd "put him in the dirt" - I'd put the coach in the dirt - 6 feet under.
  • CORavensFan, "ashamed of himself"? What should he have done? Should he have cowered and run away when one of players made a threatening move at him? It's a normal defensive reaction. Add in the testosterone and environment of a football game and I would say this is fairly typical. As a parent what would you do if your child threatened you? The instinct is to establish authority and dominance...not encourage further behavior with weakness.
  • allowing a heated moment would not have shown weakness instead it would have proven maturity.Aproaching his student with discipline(means teaching to the ignorant)after the situiation has cooled and the student would understand using his senses versus his emotions, I believe the coach would have gained respect instead of a public beat down. He did get what he asked for and yes he should be ashamed for his ignorance.
  • You are not taking into account the environment. This is not adults in an office environment or day care, this is a high school football game. Controlled aggression is taught and expected. It seems to me that perhaps you have never participated in contact sports.

    On top of that, your ignorance and your words are offending me. Does that justify me walking up to you and giving you a public beat down?
  • Damn skippy Ravens fan. I had similiar problems with my sons football coach. He told my 13 year old son he would "Knock him on his ass" if he didn't do laps like the coach wanted him to. I saw the heated discussion from 50 feet away and moved closer then heard him say that to my son. I calmly walked over and grabbed the coach by the back of his jacket, dragged him around the corner of the snack shack and slapped him so hard he landed on his ass on the ground. I told to the league what happened and he was removed from coaching. If you're gonna threaten someone you better be able to back it up.
  • The problem is not what the coach said; its the lack of discipline and respect of some of today's youth. It's a football game! Most coaches do worse.
  • Respect has to be earned...and given before it can be earned. It's obvious that the kids has little self discipline or maybe he would have had better self control. Even with a coach that doesn't handle rejection well. Example: If the coach had his wife all pissed off and he tried to comfort her by putting his arm around her and he got a similar reaction and she glared at him angrily. And he responded by saying if you swing on me Ill put you in the dirt. then say she kicks him in the balls and get arrested. Would you all be saying what a good man he is?
  • "Respect has to be earned" - don't you think that is exactly the problem with kids like this? They have no respect for anyone unless "earned" through a process the kid appreciates. That process could be violence, or patience, or anything. That whole idea is backwards. Do you teach your kids not to respect anyone until they've earned it? Everyone should be afforded respect until they've lost it - maybe then we would treat each other a little better. At the very least you have to respect the authority of the coach for being a coach and for being an adult.
  • R_U_Serious - And that's why todays kids and young adults are total pansies, because they can't handle an adult yell at them when tey are being little punks. Instead of being punished by the coach for refusing directions and being a smart ass, your kid has his daddy come and fight his battles for him. Now a good man lost his job because your spoiled little wussy teenager is being a punk and you have to step in and assault the guy. you are a real piece of something
  • I know the coach and he is a really great teacher and coach. The school is a very tough place to be and Michael is no pansy by a long shot. The kid walked off the field screaming obsceniites and making threatening gestures to the crowd. The coach had every right to try to settle him. It's easy for people who never had to work with tough inner city young males with very little discipline to say how it should have been handled. I guarantee you that if Michael had to he could have defended himself well and could have wiped the floor with him. For those who think the kid was right you don't have to worry the black school directors in this district will make sure he gets a slap on the wrist and will graduate in June with his class. It's happened before and it will happen in this case.
  • cool...you know the coach in the story and he may be a good teacher doesnt sound like much of a coach. Even if he could back up his threats. Where do they fit in? Calling out a young athlete during an emotional moment isn't the actions of even a good coach much less a great one. Emotions are a great motivator and this coach turned the students emotions and dared him to act on them. In his own words he said that according to this article. When he put his arm around the kid to comfort him and didn't get the response he was looking for he threatens the kid and calls him out. You call that trying to settle him? You sound like another public school teacher standing up for a co worker.I hope this kid can still graduate ( black,white green who gives a rat"s ass) Why should he have to pay for a low rate instructors short comings?
  • It sounds like you condone this kid's actions. Somebody says something to you that you do not like so it's okay to physically assault him? That is a fantastic lesson to teach. You really need to think about the message you are asserting.
  • R_U_Serious your right on the money...and scarlettstone, How do you turn a bullying coach using threats to discipline to a problem with the kid? Using adult coaching tactics on kids has no place in youths sports. Im not saying a coach can't be loud but under no circumstances does a coach have to use threats. If he didnt want to run laps as part of the discipline....then the playing time would reflect his lack of involment to the coaches instructions. I think if you stood in front of this father and talked your smack about his kid you might get dragged behind the snack shack yourself. If you ask me your the wussy ....easy to write crap when you know you dont have to stand behind your words.
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