Coach Arrested for Allegedly Giving 13-Year-Old Player a Concussion
A youth football coach from Utah has been arrested after concussing a 13-year-old player from the opposing team during the last quarter of a tied game.
Nathan Harris, 45 has been arrested on charges of second-degree felony child abuse after a video caught him knocking over the opposing team’s running back.
“As the 13-year-old ran down, Mr. Harris stepped out and hit him with his forearm under his chin,” Officer Lance Smith tells AP. “And then Mr. Harris stepped back and just stood there.”
Harris was ejected from the game following the incident, while the teen will be missing a month’s worth of games to recover from the concussion.
Harris’ attorney has now claimed that neither the video nor the witnesses can reliably describe the incident which occurred too far from their view.
“He never crosses the line between where the spectators would be and where the field of play is,” Harris’ attorney Dean Zabriskie explained. “The young man that was involved in this is running toward the sideline. He breaches the sideline and there is a collision. It looks to us like they were on the other side of the field, at least 200 feet away, and of course representing the other team.”
This incident is similar to the hockey coach who trips a member of an opposing team following a loss. Accidental or intentional? We’ll let you decide.