Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/25/12

Former NFL kicker Mike Vanderjagt reportedly may lose his job as a part-time middle school football coach after attacking a child.

Vanderjagt grabbed a student by the throat at Charter Middle School in Marco Island, Fla., after the student was taunting him, the Naples News reported Friday.

The nine-season NFL veteran will have his fate decided by the school's principal, after a vote of the charter school board.

According to records, Marco Island Police responded to a call from the school March 12 that an adult male grabbed a student by the throat. The report said one student was taunting Vanderjagt by yelling "wide left, wide left."

Vanderjagt was one of the NFL's most accurate kickers, but he missed a field goal wide right late in the AFC Divisional playoff loss for the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 15, 2006 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was released by the Colts that off-season.

The report said that Vanderjagt, a school parent and volunteer, overheard the comments when walking through the parking lot. A student alleged Vanderjagt walked up to him, grabbed him by the throat and started cursing at him. The story was corroborated by another student.

The former NFL star denied putting his hand on the student's throat and said the child had been taunting him for months. He said he put his hand on him only to hold the child in place while he talked to him. He said the school's principal was in the vicinity during the incident. The principal said he was nearby but did not see the incident.

The state's attorney's office reviewed the case and no charges were issued against Vanderjagt. He has since been suspended from coach, as per school policy during investigations.

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