Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer is in hot water after a video of him spread through social media for the wrong reasons over the weekend. Now Dilfer is apologizing and clarifying a video that shows him shoving a player down the sidelines while screaming at him. The footage is from Lipscomb Academy’s 62-7 win at home in Nashville on Friday night during Week 2 of the Tennessee high school football season.
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Dilfer is seen grabbing the player inside the shoulder pads and steering him away from the team on the sideline as he yells, “sit down now.”
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The 13-year NFL veteran addressed it in a statement on the school’s website and social pages, taking “full responsibility” and praising Beau as one of Lipscomb’s “finest student-athletes.”
The full statement:
“I want to address the incident on our sideline during Friday night’s game versus Independence that has drawn a lot of attention. First and foremost, I take full responsibility as the head coach and leader of our team for not deescalating an emotional situation with one of our players, Beau Dawson. Beau is one of our finest student-athletes and embodies all the characteristics we are looking for in our Mustang players. Beau plays the game with the right kind of passion and is an inspiration to our other players. During a moment of frustration in an attempt to get our team to play with more discipline, I unfairly singled Beau out. Somehow Beau Dawson has been portrayed publicly as the culprit in this situation, when in reality I should have been a better leader and shown greater wisdom and discernment in how I handled this incident. Overall, I could not be more proud of Beau and the rest of our team for how they handle the emotional nature of each game they compete in.”
This kind of thing happened a lot more before everyone had the ability to record video on their phones. It’s a different time, and stuff like this just can’t happen. Especially with Cancel Culture looking to strike at the most minor infraction.
A total PR apology.