An assistant football coach in Tennessee was summarily fired following a disturbing incident in which he head-butted and threatened to kill one of his own players.
As reported by Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN, Lebanon High assistant football coach Howard Bates reportedly attacked a student athlete when that athlete and a teammate became embroiled in an aggressive argument during a preseason practice. Bates split up the fight, but then reportedly proceeded to attack one of the athletes himself.
More disturbing is what he did next: He grabbed the athlete by his helmet, head butted him and then threatened to kill him.
Bates apologized to the student immediately after the practice, but the student’s family still decided to alert officials to the attack and bring Bates to justice.
“Yelling comes with sports. Threatening does not,” Faith Moore, the mother of the teen attacked, told WKRN. “For a coach to display that type of behavior in front of my son and all the football players, these are impressionable 15, 16, 17-year-old young men growing up, and to see that type of behavior from someone they respect is unheard of.
“I just don’t understand what would possess him to act in that manner.”