In a shocking incident caught on camera, a high school football coach in Atlanta was arrested for apparently striking a player in the stomach during a game this past Saturday. The unsettling episode happened in the first quarter of a matchup between Mays High School and Douglas County High School.
What Went Down
In a jaw-dropping turn of events captured by Atlanta News First, a Mays High School coach was caught on camera yelling at one of his own players, then seemingly punching him in the stomach. An Atlanta Public Schools police officer acted quickly, escorting the coach off the field and placing him under arrest. This incident, now widely referred to as the Atlanta High School Football Coach Arrest, has left the community stunned and searching for answers.
Who is the Coach?
A spokesperson for Atlanta Public Schools clarified that the individual is a “lay coach,” meaning he doesn’t teach at the school or have a teaching certificate. Seth Coleman, the spokesperson, said, “The district will charge the lay coach with simple battery and also impose administrative charges.” He added that lay coaches must complete GHSA training.
Caught on Camera
The incident was captured on camera as the game was being broadcast live from Eddie S. Henderson Stadium at Midtown High School in Atlanta on PeachtreeTV. The player, wearing No. 24, doubled over in pain after the coach struck him. He then stood back up as the coach continued to berate him.
In a statement, Atlanta Public Schools said, “We hold the safety and well-being of all APS students as a high priority and maintain the highest standard of conduct and professionalism for all APS employees.”
Not the First Incident
This isn’t the first time Mays High School’s football team has been at the center of controversy. Just two weeks ago, several brawls broke out during a Mays High School football scrimmage, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.
The incident leaves many questioning the behavior and professionalism of those trusted to guide young athletes, as the investigation continues.