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LeBron James has lead the chorus of people who are outraged after a video emerged online showing a youth football coach assaulting one of his players.
In the viral clip, the coach for Savannah Gators Under 9's team is seen punching a child multiple times before shouting in the kid's face.
No room in the game for coaches like this. I hope he is arrested and banned for life. pic.twitter.com/1B0F2cLiqH
- Coach Reed (@CoachReed314) December 9, 2020
The disturbing footage circulated around social media with countless people voicing their anger.
And the coach, identified as Gerrel Williams, has now landed himself in trouble with local Florida police as a result of his actions.
Apparently the kids mom has no problem with what happened. Look at the live feed comments. pic.twitter.com/6n65Tv7nYt
- InsulinJunky (@JunkyInsulin) December 10, 2020
But according to reports, the mother of the kid in the video does not want to press child abuse charges against Williams.
And while a criminal conviction has been avoided (at least for now), Williams has received some punishment after copping a lifetime ban from coaching in all American Youth Football (AYF) activities.
"We are of course beyond disappointed in the coach's actions, which are wholly inconsistent with the fundamental value of youth sports," AYF Executive Vice President Adam Laufer said.
"The coach has been banned indefinitely from all future AYF events and activities."
Sports fans and parents alike were left fuming at the video with many flocking to the comments section on the original post to share their thoughts - LeBron James being one of them.
The Los Angeles Lakers megastar shared the clip on his Instagram story, captioning it: "Ain't no way!! Couldn't be my kid.
"Hell if I there and it's not even my kid we gone have more than words for sure."
After copping plenty of backlash, Williams finally took to social media to publicly apologise.
"At the end of the day I'm a man, I'm not going to make no excuses for what I did," Williams said.
"I was wrong. There is no excuse for my actions. He forgives me and his parents have forgiven me, so nobody else should be bashing me."
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