Youth football teams eliminated from championship game due to parent, coach altercation

Updated: November 20, 2019 07:26 PM

A fight involving a parent and coach has cost two youth football teams a chance to be in the championship game...

A parent rushed out of the stands and sucker-punched the team's coach, which cost them the chance of getting into the championship game. Now there's a call for added security at Minneapolis Park and Recreation's football games.


Farview Park coach Clinton Scott says he was punched on Oct. 23 by a parent of a player on his own team.

"He punches me, and I'm gone basically. I'm like rocked," Scott said. 

The fight caused the game to be canceled. Tyrize Cox, with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, says a decision was made to deny both coaches from coaching in the next game. In essence, this meant both teams were eliminated from the season-ending championship game. 

"There was violations of the coaches' rules on both sides in addition to unsportsmanlike behavior or behavior that we don't support for spectators," she said. 

At the park board's Nov. 6 meeting, parents showed up to air their displeasure— not with the way the adults acted at the game but with the lack of security. 

"I just believe in my heart as well with other parents that... this is your responsibility since it is park board to provide more park board police at least during the season of football," Tiffany Owens said. 

Cox adds to think of the perception it would send. 

"My response would be lots of things are possible. But the question I would ask us to consider is, are we in a place as a community where we want to have police monitor youth football, youth athletics period," Cox said.

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