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Fabrizio: Focus is on TCC, not arrested, angry parent

Vandria West, the mother of Lee County sophomore football player Josh West, was arrested late Monday night after police say she came onto the pratice field and got into a confrontation with Trojans head coach Dean Fabrizio.

Vandria West, the mother of Lee County sophomore football player Josh West, was arrested late Monday night after police say she came onto the pratice field and got into a confrontation with Trojans head coach Dean Fabrizio.

LEESBURG — Vandria West, the mother of a Lee County High School football player, “walked out into the middle of practice and got into coach (Dean) Fabrizio’s face” Monday night, resulting in her arrest, Leesburg Police Department officials said.

West, 37, was booked into Lee County Jail and released Monday on a disorderly conduct summons, stated court records.

According to the report, sophomore athlete Josh West was missing his blocking assignments. When Fabrizio “got onto him” about it, Josh West threw down his helmet and walked off the field.

The report added that Josh West apparently went home and told his mother that Fabrizio had placed hands on him. Vandria West then went looking for Fabrizio.

According to the police report, when West found him on the practice field, Leslie Martin — an independent witness — cited in the report — said that “West put her finger in Coach Fabrizio’s face and started yelling at him.”

Martin had been watching the practice and told officers that Fabrizio never touched Josh West.

Fabrizio said Tuesday when reached by The Herald that while he would like to speak openly about the matter, he has been asked not to talk about the details on the ongoing case. But he did say he won’t let the incident detour his or his team’s focus heading into Friday’s monster Region 1-AAAAA showdown in Leesburg with Thomas County Central (6-1, 2-0). Lee County (6-0, 1-0) — The Herald’s No. 1-ranked team in the Fab 5 Poll — and TCC are both unbeaten in region play.

“My principal has already issued a statement, and I’ve been told to focus on preparing the team on playing Thomas County Central on Friday night,” Fabrizo said. “All our kids, every single one of them, showed up for practice (Tuesday) and are working hard to prepare for Friday night.”

The report went on to say that Vandria West put her finger so close to Fabrizio’s face that he had to back away.

“That is when Coach Fabrizio pushed her (West’s) hand and finger from his face,” the report stated.

While reporting officer Cpl. Frank Herndon was speaking to witnesses, West called about a dozen people to the scene as backup. The group “began getting louder stating that they were going to sue the school” and that they had already contacted the NAACP.

Lee High School Principal Kevin Dowling defended his head coach Tuesday.

“After talking with the arresting officer, as well as a few who were on the scene at the time of the incident, I have gathered the following information: A parent came onto our practice field during practice this afternoon and confronted Coach Fabrizio, accusing him of striking or grabbing her child. This information was given to the parent from her son. The confrontation occurred in front of players, coaches, and bystanders,” Dowling said. “Coach Fabrizio did not put his hands on the player in question. This was confirmed by the police officer, after his interview with several who were there at the time of the alleged incident.

“Several attempts to calm the parent down (as well as to ask the parent to leave the field) proved ineffective. After the parent struck Coach Fabrizio in the face with a finger, the police were called, and the parent was arrested for disorderly conduct.”

Dowling said Josh West has since quit the football team.

“(West) has his goals, and we at school want to continue to help him realize those goals,” Dowling said. “He is a good student who is perhaps more of a victim here.”

The principal said that he was willing to sit down and discuss any problems at the school with parents. There are procedures that should be followed, he added.

“We have a procedure for parents who wish to address concerns and or complaints about teachers, directors, coaches and/or sponsors. Making a scene at practice is not part of that procedure,” Dowling said. “Meeting the following day to address these concerns with the sponsor, our athletic director or an administrator is how we expect these sorts of issues to be handled.

“It is my expectation that this procedure will be followed by all who are a part of our school community.”

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 6 months ago

I think it's just a case of a child acting like a child. If he wasn't taught any better then don't blame the child. Hopefully this will be a learning and growing-up experience for him.

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rchatmon 1 year, 6 months ago

Regardless of which side you believe in this case is irrelevant. What I cannot believe is that the Herald allowed such a derogatory comment to be posted when it pertains to a child. MRKIA's post should be removed immediately! Being a parent of three beautiful children, it concerns me that an adult (I am assuming) is calling a child such a bad name. This is totally inappropriate!

As for the article, I must say the parent was wrong for confronting the coach in that manner. Sometimes emotions can get the best of us and make us do things in an irrational manner.....especially when it concerns our children. This doesn't make it right but I can certainly understand it from the parent's point of view. As the principle cited, there are procedures for addressing such issues and should be followed accordingly.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

huh? Punk is now considered a bad name? you're kidding right? punk, punk, punk, pu,pu,pu,punk. Get a grip. What if he called him a cry baby? would that be bad? As far as Mr. West goes.....life is full of disappointments and "injustices". Better get used to it! And quit lying about people.....it only makes you look more like a punk

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rchatmon 1 year, 6 months ago

Yes! That is a bad name, and so is cry baby! Both send a negative message to the child. There is a big movement to address cyberbullying in this country and this is directly targeted towards this young man much like what occurs in cyberbullying. Don't think that children don't read these comments and have certain emotions stirred that might be counterproductive. Consider what my comment did for you as an example. It's bad enough when children call each other names but it is a lot worse when it comes from an adult. Further, you are implying that this child should get used to disappointments and injustices. My question is.......why should he have to get used to it? You get used to things when they are happening all the time. I know nothing of this young man or his family but I can tell you that I will not raise My children to think that they have to get used to anything derogatory or negative in their lives. Will bad things happen to them? Of course they will. But I will teach them to focus on the good and not the bad.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

the negative message was already ingrained in this child when he threw down the helmet in a tantrum and ran home and told a lie to his mommy. And then the mommy came to give the coach a piece of her mind. He has to get used to it......just like everyone else.....because they are a part of life! By telling your kids to "focus on the good and not the bad", you rchatmon, are telling them, in a different way, to get used to the disappointments and "injustices" by not focusing on them. You notice I put injustices in " " because it's all perception. The coach got on to him for messing up. That's not a real injustice, but because of what he's been taught, he perceived it that way. As did mommy (which is why he perceived it that way). And then she called in "backups" and threatened to sue the school and called the big, scary naacp? please. He acted like a little baby and it's obvious that the apple didn't fall far from that tree!

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 6 months ago

Rchatmon, enough with the hyper-sensitivity to everything. I agree that bullying is bad. This, however, is far from bullying.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

This is the new Obama's America and this is how it operates. Sounds like the Mamma was trying to get the Coach fired just like they did up in Americus. "Babies having babies" as Sly Stone sang about.

But don't worry, they will do things right up in Lee County. The city and the school board aren't run by a bunch of BOZOS IN MAJORITY like in Sumter and Dougherty.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 6 months ago

Listen, Sis ruby, does all your post include Obama? You mention him in Everything you write. He really gets under your skin doesn't he? You just can't handle a strong intelligent black man as your leader. You really need to get over the fact that the man had to come in and clean up y'all's mess. If you don't like the new Obama America there are 24 hour flights out of every major airport in Obama's country to take you anywhere you want to go. Choose a flight and a country. Obama will give you ticket. You'd better be gone by November because Obama will rule again! OBAMA POWER! ROTFLMAO

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stc1993 1 year, 6 months ago

"You just can't handle a strong intelligent black man as your leader."

If he was a strong intelligent man he wouldn't hide his college transcripts would he?

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AuntieDee 1 year, 6 months ago

<p>@stc-stupee...apparently he didn't hide It. Surely he had to submit it before he entered the race. I wonder....did bush even have a college transcript? His vocabulary was so limited that it sound liked he didn't Make it past grammar school. Now you know That Obama is quite intelligent. Look how flustered he had Romney a couple of nights ago.

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

And how Dumb Romney made Obuma look the week before.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

tweedleDee......did you ever stop to think (probably not) that maybe the reason people don't like obumma is because his policies SUCK! maybe it has something to do with being black and maybe it doesn't.....you'll never know for sure. one thing is for sure....socialism sucks and doesn't work! And don't forget.....he had to come in and clean up the democratic congresses mess, too! until you know what you're talking about....shut the heck up

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AuntieDee 1 year, 6 months ago

Ok twedledum.. I'll shut up for now but I'll be back. This is better than watching FOX NEWS. Y'all say one stupid stuff in here. Quite entertaining. Lol

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

next time you post please supply a translator

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AuntieDee 1 year, 6 months ago

Ok twedledum...whose policies suck worst than Bush's? Probably Romney's. you'll be part of that 47% if he wins then you'll shut up

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

You can't clean up a mess by creating a bigger mess.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 6 months ago

You can't create a bigger mess than bush made. It's just not possible, well, maybe. That looks like a job Romey can handle.

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

Obuma has already done that tweedleDee, the democratic congress created the first mess, Obama has added to the mess, and hopefully Romney can come in and clean up both Obuma's mess and the democratic mess.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 6 months ago

Obama and his actions, not his race, have proved John McCain right. He shows his lack of experience in everything he does. $500 billion wasted on those green companies prove it. Now we are paying triple the gas price because of his inactions. You may not care that gas if he is re-elected will probably go up to $10/gal. I cannot affort it, but at least we have a Prius. That big car that you all prefer will be left parked.

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Outtahere 1 year, 6 months ago

Typical woman who thinks she can just "show out" when and where she wants to. If her son acts "punkish"(above comments) then he got is from his momma. I hope she learns a lesson on how to behave like a decent person.

People like her need to be shown that she can't just go around putting her finger in people's faces. She's mad about a coach "putting his hands on her son" and she turns right around and does the same thing to him. Haven't any of ya'll seen the video about the bus driver upper-cutting that disrespectful woman (if you can call her that) after she hit him and spit on him??

I feel sorry for the kid because this is the example he had been taught. I can't even imagine the embarrassment he must feel over his mom acting so trashy. Maybe I would feel differently if there was some type of sexual assault accusation, but this is far from that. I'm all for defending our children, but this is just another case of some woman thinking she's big and bad and that she can show out on whoever, whenever. I'm hoping others take note - Come put your finger in my face, talking junk and I'm pressing charges.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

.....or biting your finger off!!!!!

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 6 months ago

I bet Josh West's life at the high school is pretty tough now, cause of his Momma, not from the teachers or coaches, but from the students. Bet he wishes he could disappear.

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

THE COACH GETS ON YOUR BUTT, YOU THROW DOWN YOUR HELMET AND RUN HOME TO MAMA AND TELL ON THE BIG BAD COACH. WELL WHEN I WAS COMING UP THAT WOULD BE ACTING LIKE A LITTLE PUNK. MAN UP, BOY.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 6 months ago

It took me 10 minutes to decipher your ramblings with the ALL CAPS and bad grammar.

I agree that if the coach physically abused the child (grabbed him around the neck) then the child should have told someone. We don't know if that is what happened. After all, there were witnesses who said nothing abusive happened.

It is just as racist for you to automatically be on the kid and mother's side purely because they are black. There were witnesses who contradict the statement of the child. Is it not more believable that a child had a tantrum than a quality coach physically assaulted a child?

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

the person does have "special" in their screen name! And it ain't special like.....oh, she's so special. It's more like....oh, yeah, she's "special"

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AuntieDee 1 year, 6 months ago

Not necessarily. The coach could have been abusive. A lot of them are. Like you said...we just don't know. The witnesses could have been lying to protect the coach, as well. I am not condoning what the mom did. However, I don't think the coach is squeaky clean in this either.

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stc1993 1 year, 6 months ago

That's a coaches job to make men out of these athletes kind of like a drill instructor, if the kid can't take it he needs to quit & go home to momma.

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

There are no witnesses that saw the coach grab the boy, he is his only witness. He lied to his mother because he couldn't handle constructive criticism.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

Did you read the article? the officer wrote up the report that said the coach did NOT put his hands on the player. So, you need to calm down and back off all of the racist bullcrap. why do you think the woman was arrested but the coach wasn't? And, by the way, there is absolutely something wrong with the child reporting it to his mommy when what is reported is a lie! Don't be jealous about buster, phillip, and luke....go out and make it happen for yourself. Or just sit there and keep crying that "The Man" is keeping you from your dreams!

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

THE "MAN" YOU REFER TO IS THE MISSING DADDY.

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Outtahere 1 year, 6 months ago

So do you think typing in all caps proves your point? Do you actually think we care what you say because it's in all caps? Please be advised: Typing in all caps will not get people to agree with you!!!!!!!!!

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

ALL CAPS GOT YOUR ATTENTION MORON. I REST MY CASE.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 6 months ago

We were both responding to CSPECIAL199 instead of you.

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

OOPS. MY MISTAKE. APOLIGIES TO BOTH YOU AND OUTTAHERE.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

special's post got removed somehow so all of these posts look like they're talking to you MRKIA. i don't know where it went. usually they say it was removed like they did your first one. unless "special" erased it all herself.

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Outtahere 1 year, 6 months ago

It's okay MRKIA! After I typed it I wondered if it would be clear who I was addressing. By the way, I enjoy reading your posts and we all know here that typing in caps is YOUR THANG!!

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

BLACK FOLK DO HAVE RESPECT FOR THEMSELVES, IT'S THE OTHER ONES THAT KEEP THEMSELVES ON THE FRONT PAGE.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 6 months ago

Hopefully this will teach that child that your actions and words have very real consequences. If you get knocked down, you get up. You don't pout and rely on someone else to handle your problems.

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dmyers80 1 year, 6 months ago

There are a couple of things at work here... First, kids are just too soft these days... I played football from the time I was 8 until I was 21, I played for black and white coaches, I was never struck by any of them but some of the chewing outs I took from them I wish they would have just hit me and got it over with... Second, I find it very hard to believe that if coach did hit the kid that none of the assistant coaches, other parents watching practice, or other players said anything to the police or principal ,now I've never played on a team where everyone liked the coach so even if the ones who didnt want coach there didnt rush to co-sign this??? and as a parent I'm all for protecting your child, but if your sophomore son (15 or 16yrs old) and is probably the size of a grown man comes home and tells you coach put his hands on me and obviously he has no visual marks on him... I go and sit down with coach and try and get a good grasp of what actually happened, the way she acted would hurt him more than it could ever help him if he wanted to continue to play football. And Third... sister_ruby, how can you possibly find a way to pin this on Obama??? lol...

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

He's dividing the country which gives license to some people to act out.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 6 months ago

Ruby, why would Obama divide a country that belong to him? He rules the entire country. You said it best. It's Obama America! Lmao. You really need to get a grip on yourself. Stop letting that man get under your skin. You are stressing yourself for absolutely nothing. You are one man and one vote. Rest your nerve....or your folks may have to use that Obama Care to put you in the mental institute. Lmao....again ...ROTF

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stc1993 1 year, 6 months ago

Auntiedee, thats got to be the most ignorant statement i've ever read. Obama doesn't rule anyone this is not a monarchy government.

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

Looks to me Sister Ruby has gotten under your skin.

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mrcvsjr 1 year, 6 months ago

I guess the way Bush originally won/stole the election from Gore did not divide the country?

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AuntieDee 1 year, 6 months ago

Dryers. Don't you know that sis ruby pins everything on Obama. He/she eats, sleeps, and breathe Obama Oxygen. Damn, ruby, you gotta be some kinda miserable living in Obama Country.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

everyone's miserable with the way the economy is right now!

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

auntiedodo, i don't remember seeing you on here before. we had to put up with idiots like corch, bsr, bsrn, etc. Now we can add you to the idiot list. You have yet to bring anything intelligent to this discussion. your spelling, english, ebonics, are atrocious and are really painful to try to decipher. you might want to re-think that whole dropping out thing. hopefully, it's not too late to re-enroll

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

Be careful, she may be Da Corch in disguise. After all Da Corch, BSR & BVR are all the same person.This may be another disguise! Coach johnson is suffering an idenity crisis.

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

You seem obsessed by Sister Ruby!

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AuntieDee 1 year, 6 months ago

Lol.... Don't get it twisted sugar bugga. Sis ruby is obsessed with Obama .

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

And you're obsessed with posting under different identities.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 6 months ago

good point AuntieDee!!!! where have you been??? speak out more!!

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

Be quiet coach, heck you are probably posting as AuntieDee as well.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 6 months ago

Oh no VSU. I'm legit honey and I speak up and out. I'm not new to this blog. I'm just low key until something strikes me.

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

Until you get tired of posting as Da Corch, BVR & BSR. Like they say, it's better to be thought of a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 6 months ago

@ RC The kid was a PUNK proved by his actions, His Mother is a PUNK proved by her actions and "The group" are all PUNKS for trying to cause trouble and when they “began getting louder stating that they were going to sue the school” and that they had already contacted the NAACP". PUNKS are shallow people who believe they are owed something and act out to try and force civil people to bend to their demands. PUNKS believe self-control and self-discipline are a weakness, and power and respect can only be gained by being forceful.

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cspecial199 1 year, 6 months ago

NOONE IS JEALOUS BUT YOU LEE COUNTY AND DOUGHERTY COUNTY WHITES, WHEN A RARE OCCASSION HAPPENS, YOU RUN THINGS IN THE GROUND.WE ARE USE TO HAVE CELEBRITIES ANMONG US BUT TO EVERYDAY KEEP HYPING ON A RARE CHOSEN FEW, IT SHOWS YOUR STUPIDITY.THIS WOMAN WAS DEFENDING HER SON YOU DUMMIES.THE COACH WAS OUT OF LINE.LEE CO. WILL FAULTER IN FOOTBALL ANYWAY SO I GUESS WE WILL HEAR ABOUT THESE RARE PEOPLE ALL YEAR AGAIN.PLEASE! THATS ONLY 2 OR 3 SO-CALLED CELEBRITIES.NOONE IS STUDYING BASEBALL ANYMORE.ITS A DULL SPORT ANYWAY SO IS COUNTRY MUSIC.WHO CARES!

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

THEY'RE GETTING PAID, YOU'RE NOT.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 6 months ago

CSPECIAL199,

Why did you remove your first comment. It was very entertaining.

You do realize that you are racist and bitter, right?

Are you mentally handicapped? I am a little cautious to lay into you because I don't believe in picking on people who are mentally challenged.

Please respond, thanks!

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

BEING MENTALLY CHALLENGED IMPLIES THAT THEY HAVE A BRAIN IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

PLEASE DO NOT POST ANY MORE COMMENTS UNTIL YOU GET YOUR G.E.D.

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

BLACK FOLKS DON'T NEED THE NAACP. OBVIOUSLY THERE STILL IS A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF COLORED PEOPLE TO BE SERVED WHEN THINGS DON'T GO THEIR WAY

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AuntieDee 1 year, 6 months ago

Which colored people ? The white or the black ones. All people are colored, dummy.

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

APPARENTLY YOU DID NOT GET MY DRIFT.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 6 months ago

Say what you mean. Don't talk in a drift. I speak up and out loud and clear.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

might be loud, but it's DEFINITELY NOT CLEAR!!!!

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dmyers80 1 year, 6 months ago

Thats why things never get resolved... we throw race into the mix when its not a factor... now we are having the racial argument instead of going over the issues... now the issue becomes who's racist us or them??

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

True! True! Had this been a white football player getting yelled at nothing more would have been said about it. case closed!

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

Sounds to me this is a spoiled kid who is not disciplined enough to handle criticism. Instead of taking it like a man he runs home to mama crying like a little baby telling a lie about the coach grabbing him. I hope he is not planning on playing college or pro football, because he is not mature enough to handle constructive criticism. What will he do next, get a gun and shoot the coach?

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

This is just another example of people who can't take responsibility for their actions. It's always easier to point the blame at the other guy. Man up! Mommy is not going to be there to help you out the rest of your life.

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TRUTH101 1 year, 6 months ago

SMH....people sure do get big and bad behind their CPU screen (MRKIA)......

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE USUALLY CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY SOMEONE LIKE ME. CONFUSION CAN RESULT IN BRUISES AND CONTUSIONS WHERE I'M FROM. CHECK YOURSELF PLAYER.

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squawkee 1 year, 6 months ago

ALL of you need to get a grip. This student DOES have a father and mother at home. His maternal AND paternal family are BOTH from Lee County and all are upstanding citizens there. I think that he may lied and I think her emotions got the best of her and things got out of hand. I read somewhere where the squawker said that Albany is where this type of behavior goes on. You're wrong; it happens everywhere! I don't know all of the details but his mother should have used the proper channels to address her child's allegations. Stop making this about Obama and the election. Please don't forget, we ALL have to stand and be judged one day. You think God's going to be proud of the hate that you all (including myself at times) spew? Think before you type.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

i don't know what your definition of "upstanding citizens" is, BUT my definition does NOT include making an arse of yourself and getting arrested!

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

I DIDN'T HATE ON THIS STUDENT OR HIS MOTHER, I ONLY STATED MY OPINION OF HIS ACTIONS. RACE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. I WOULD HAVE SAID THE SAME THING IF IT HAD BEEN MY OWN CHILD. THE MOTHER SET A BAD EXAMPLE IN HANDLING THE SITUATION. I STAND BY MY ORIGINAL COMMENT.

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

TRUTH101: MY RESPONSES TO YOUR IMAGINATIVE COMMENT MAY NOT MAKE IT TO PRINT BUT YOU CAN REST ASSURED AS WELL AS I CAN THAT I'M NOT EASILY INTIMIDATED. ACT LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.

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rorschach 1 year, 6 months ago

Lee Co. has a very good football team. Every player on the team will read these squawks since they are connected to the article about their coach and their team. These squawks have the capacity to do more damage to the Lee Co. Trojans than any of their opponents have been able to do this season. I hope that they can keep it together and not let internal pressure tear a great team apart.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

they haven't played anybody! we'll see how good they are tomorrow when tcc beats 'em by 50. but i guess you'll just blame it on these squawks. How convenient....a built in excuse.

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dmyers80 1 year, 6 months ago

lol @tywebb... I was thinking the same thing...theyve only beaten 1 team with .500 record!!

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

You watch college or pro football, you see coaches get in the players face several times, but the player doesn't throw a tantrum and run home to mama. He takes it like a man. He may not liked the idea of getting yelled at, but he bites his lips and takes it.

If this had been a black coach yelling at the kid, or the coach yelling at a white kid, this never would have made the paper. It's a bunch of garbage.

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TRUTH101 1 year, 6 months ago

If that is the case.... Shouldn’t a teacher be able to get in the face of students? If that happens the teacher would get in deep trouble. So what is the difference between a coach and a teacher? It seems to me that the teacher should be allowed to use alternative motivation techniques just like the coach....Academics SHOULD be more important than athletics......If an educator cant do it neither should the coaches!!!!!! I dont care if he only screamed and yelled at him........

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 6 months ago

Truth101, that statement was completely asinine.

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TRUTH101 1 year, 6 months ago

NO...... Please explain why coaches are allowed to scream, curse, and physically grab students. Yet a regular education educator would be disciplined for doing either of the previously stated actions.......

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 6 months ago

  1. Student athletes are free to leave at any time. They are there (theoretically) of their own free will. If an athlete isn't good enough or cant take the method of criticism they can leave at any level of sports. Students, not so much.

  2. Different coaches have different styles, and by no means do all, most, or the majority of coaches physically touch a student athlete in an inappropriately rough manner. I would say less than 1%.

  3. The coaches that make inappropriate contact or are verbally abusive are usually coaching people who are of age to take that kind of criticism or motivation (i.e. college, semi pro, and pro athletes.) Again, not all or even the majority of coaches do this. I would estimate 10% or less are verbally abusive (i.e. cursing, insulting...etc.)

  4. There is no reason for a teacher to put his or her hands on a student. It wouldn't serve a purpose.

  5. There is a huge movement to crack-down on any coach who puts his or her hands on a player in a negative manner, even on the collegiate level.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 6 months ago

Oh, and I didn't mention this, but I played over 10 years of baseball, 8 years of basketball, 4 years of track, and 8 years of football for both school and non-school teams.

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

This coach didn't physically grab the student. That kid just told his mother that he did. Several witnesses said the coach never touched the kid.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

athletics is optional. if a kid misses a math problem he's not going to get a classmate seriously injured. There are certain things that REQUIRE a coach to put their hands on an athlete for instruction.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 6 months ago

Exactly, TyWebb, if the athlete doesn't block correctly or throw the ball in the right spot, someone can get seriously injured. If someone doesn't understand the basics of grammar he or she simply turns into someone like CJ42, Cspecial199 or Truth101.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

you can now add auntiedodo to that list

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

yeah, i can see it now. a teacher getting in the face of a student. "Can't you spell? Do you even know what 2+2 is? Do you have a clue who the first president of the United States was? You are one stupid kid, don't come back to my class until you learn to spell, you got that? Now get out of here before I get mad" Coaches jumping on players has been going on for years and years, like they say, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Course the coach could make a sissy out of that kid. Now now son, I know you didn't mean to screw up, but you've got to run the plays as they are designed, otherwise it is not going to work. Oh did you skin your elbow? Let me kiss it and make it feel better. Now if you can absorb a hit maybe we can give you a lollipop. Now that wasn't so bad now was it? We can go tell your mommy you got tackled and you didn't cry one time.

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tywebb 1 year, 6 months ago

academis ARE more important that's why they are mandatory and athletics are OPTIONAL! Like someone said earlier......stop being so hyper-sensitive! If the kid didn't like getting yelled at he should just quit....oh wait.....

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

I NOTICE COACH42 DIDN'T TOUCH THIS ONE.

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

Too bad he couldn't do the same on all the other posts.

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

You spoke too soon, coachj42 posted another one of his stupid comments above.

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dmyers80 1 year, 6 months ago

I remember the scene from the movie Gladiator... The Lady told Commodus " The Mob is fickle"... Thats exactly what we see here... I'm willing to bet this wasnt a racial issue to the mother when she arrived at the football field... but it did become so when she realized that was the quickest way to get support was to point out our obvious differences!!

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

This kid wouldn't last one day in the marines! First time the Sgt yells at him, his mother would come on base pointing her finger in the Sgt's face.

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