Youth league football coach arrested after player injured

Man allegedly strikes teen during Payson football matchup

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  • Reagan PROVO, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 9:35 p.m.

    The family's lawyer, the kid's parents, the District Attorney, or whoever it was that came up with the outrageous idea to press Child Abuse charges needs to give a public apology to that man! He spent time in a jail cell for something that merits an ejection!

    I completely agree with Red on all points, and go on to say that suing someone or pressing criminal charges is not the right answer, tho it seems to be the popular answer nowadays.

    Did the coach react inappropriately in the moment he saw the player coming towards him? Maybe he did. But I'm sure that a large number of people, if placed in the same position would have reacted similarly if you thought your 10 year old son was standing right behind you.

  • Ironmomo Ogden, Utah
    Oct. 11, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    So who won the game?

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 6:58 a.m.

    I've watched the video and I've also stood on a lot of football sidelines as a player and a coach.

    It is a natural reaction to put your hands up to protect yourself, and when you are caught up into the game it is easy to see how Coach Harris gave an extra little shove and then stood there. Kind of a tough guy coach attitude.

    It is a lame football coach thing to do, but doesn't warrant getting arrested.

    I have some mixed feelings about it because I'm tired of these youth football coaches who have to win so bad they forget it is supposed to be a fun game and create good experiences for kids. I want the loud mouth, screaming, swearing coaches kicked out of the league.

    The problem is that most of the normal parents don't know enough about the game to coach and WIN, and parents want wins for their boys so bad that THEY have become the problem.

    The fact that these hyper sensitive parents are willing to press charges is proof of my point. Parents are the ones who have really demanded and created this whole problem.