During a recent youth football game in South Florida, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty ultimately resulted in the contest being called. Dion Robinson, a 43-year-old coach for the West Park Saints, became irate after the call went against his team and came onto the field with some of the other members of the coaching staff. The officials working the game decided to call it off because of the coaches’ behavior and get the children off the field.
As the referees were leaving the facility, Robinson ran over to the official who made the call, Andrew Keigans, and belted him across the face.
“I was shocked!” Keigans told NBC Miami on Tuesday. “I was like holy sh**. .. My buddy said ‘Drew just keep walking, don’t say nothing, just keep walking, don’t say nothing’ and that’s when he comes around and just, I actually turned right into it, if you see the video, I turn right into it and he got me in my ear.”
The exchange was all caught on camera by an opposing coach of the Mirimar Patriots. Robinson was arrested on Monday on assault charges. According to the Broward Palm Beach New Times, he has an extensive criminal record which includes aggravated assult, assault with a firearm and multiple arrests for cocaine distribution. Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti was baffled that Robinson was allowed to be around children to begin with.
“He was coaching the West Park Saints, but he was far from a saint,” Lamberti said on Monday according to the Sun-Sentinel. “He has got an extensive record. It calls into question, ‘Was a background check ever done on Mr. Robinson?’ The bigger question is why was he allowed to have contact with kids?”
That is the most disturbing part of the entire situation. Why would somebody with that type of criminal record be allowed anywhere near children? Fortunately Keigans is fine and Robinson will no longer be allowed to coach, but the fact that he was coaching young kids in the first place is incredibly alarming. Between stories like Robinson’s and the youth coach who flattened a kid earlier this month, you have to wonder why nobody can seem to keep a close enough eye these young players.
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