Monday, April 11, 2011
YULEE, Fla. - A Yulee Pop Warner football coach is accused of hitting a parent in the face and shoving a grandparent at Saturday's game. "I said, 'You can't tell me what I can say and not say,' and at that, he came about seven yard and bam, full on me, right in the chest," said Michael Crawford. Crawford's grandson is on the Pop Warner team coached by Shawn Rauls. According to an arrest and booking report, Rauls and Crawford got into an argument at Saturday's game held in Orange Park. Crawford said Rauls escalated things by shoving him and then punching his son in the face. "I got out to the car and could hardly breathe because I thought he broke on of my ribs," Crawford said. "A man like that does not need to be coaching 9-year-olds." Rauls was arrested by Orange Park Police and transported to the county jail. Crawford's daughter in law was at the game as well and she told Channel 4 that she does not know how to explain what happened to her son. "My son doesn't understand," she said. "He said, 'Mom, why did coach do that?' I just explain, 'I don't know.'" A number of parents said Rauls was back on the field Monday. The Pop Warner association did not allow Channel 4 access to the field to see if he was there. Story courtesy of News 4 Jacksonville. Pop Warner covering up for their own...rings familiar.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
A trio of coaches with Pop Warner's Atchafalaya Football League are jailed after fighting at a 9 to 12 year old Pop Warner Football Game "Turkey Bowl." Morgan City Police Department officers were summoned to the Morgan City Junior High School Stadium in regards to a large fight between football players and coaches on Wednesday evening. Upon arrival, officers learned that one of three coaches, two from one team and one from the other had been fighting. According to witnesses, one of the players had been making late hits after officials called the play dead. At one point, after one of the hits, police say that player and an opposing player began fighting. It was at that point, Coach Howard Hartley went onto the field, separated the two players fighting. Morgan City Police tell KATC TV that the coach then struck the player who had been making the late hit. Police said that the opposing coach and also father of the player that was hit, Hilton Rhodes, approached Hartley and the two began fighting. As the fight continued, Rhodes was knocked to the ground, and Coach Quang Nguyen approached him and allegedly kicked Rhodes. After several minutes other coaches broke up the fight. Howard Hartley, 34, was arrested and charged with two counts of simple battery. Hilton Rhodes, 41, was arrested and charged with simple battery. Quang Nguyen, 43, was arrested and charged with simple battery. The three were released on their own recognizance pending court action. Story courtesy of KATC 3. Bad boy Pop Warner. Bad boy.