Alabama prep football coach charged with harassing a player

An Alabama high school football coach was arrested Thursday over allegations he shoved a player after a loss last week.

Wellborn (Ala.) coach Jeff Smith turned himself in to police after the 14-year-old player’s mother filed a harassment charge after the coach allegedly shoved her son last week following a loss to Piedmont, according to the Anniston Star.

County officials told the Anniston Star that they consider the matter closed and that they saw no evidence of harassment.

“He got to pushing kids,” the player’s mother told The Star. “He got to my son, grabbed him from the back shoulder pads and threw him into the back of another player.” She said her son would not play until the matter was resolved, but her older son, a senior, would remain on the team.

Smith paid his $300 bond and was released around 5:50 p.m. Thursday, according to the arrest report. He has a hearing set for Oct. 26.

Smith did coach last night as Wellborn (4-3) kept its playoff hopes alive with a 35-28 win over Glencoe.

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