Throughout the week, football players and members of the media have been reacting to the troubling video of what appears to be small children playing a tackle football drill. One of the kids collides with the other during the drill, sending the poor guy flying down.
Are they too young to be doing this drill? pic.twitter.com/lA8G9U86Wx
— Young Black Jesus (@Zeekncashe) May 11, 2021
After heavy backlash, Pop Warner has sent a spokesperson to condemn the coaches and people in charge of this outrageous video.
“We are deeply disturbed by this video and are investigating,” Heffron said, via Ryan Gaydos of Fox News. “If, in fact, it was Pop Warner coaches leading these drills, we will take action.
“What we saw was dangerous and, frankly, offensive to the overwhelming majority of our coaches who teach the sport the right way. We expect every coach to adhere to mandated training and focus on the proper, safe progressions of tackling techniques, including practice against dummies, particularly at such a young age. Over the past 10 years Pop Warner has instituted a number of player safety rules, and this example runs counter to our practices.”
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A USA Football spokesperson also spoke out against the clip.
“This is against everything that we in football stand for and has no place in our game — it is an affront to the millions of Moms and Dads who coach youth football with the greatest care for their kids,” the statement said via The Spun.
While I’m not fully against kids playing tackle football, it is vehemently clear that these guys were WAY too young to be bashing their skulls around.Teach the kids the game of football, and go from there.
Stuff like this is ruining the sport, and I think we can all hope that people get held accountable for this.