The Connecticut coach fired for punishing a child for allegedly bullying one of his teammates by making him run laps says he feels vindicated and has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support once his story went national.
Todd Kennedy, coach of Durham Middlefield’s football team in Durham, Conn., had talked to the team about bullying and, afterwards, heard that one of his players was bullying someone at school. He spoke with the alleged bully in front of the team, had him run a few laps, and then praised the boy for running without complaining.
He was later fired by the football league’s board.
“I was teaching those kids how to be men and how I was taught, how to be a man,” Kennedy told WTNH. “They just made a bad decision. They’re all good people. They all thought they were making the right decision for the children in their organization.”
Still, Kennedy says that he has received loads of support, and he feels vindicated for his actions.
“The outpouring of support has been overwhelming,” said Kennedy.
Regardless, Kennedy doesn’t expect to be back coaching, even though he would like to be.
“I don’t think I’m going to be asked to come back,” he told the news station. “I mean, would I like to? Absolutely. I mean, if they offered I would.”