Great local video here of the incident involving a youth football coach in Florida (players appear to be about 9 or 10-years-old) who, after a game was suspended because of foul language, decided to punch one of the referees as he left the field. If you watch the video below, you can clearly see assistant “coach” Dion Robinson, 43, sucker punch referee Andrew Keigans as he is attempting to leave the field.
To make matters worse, when the local reporter talks to Robinson’s fellow coaches on the West Park Saints, they appear to defend his actions, claiming the referee had “physically moved a 10-year-old player out of the way” and that the coaches were just “taking care of their kids.” The assistant’s stood tall, until the reporter asked about Robinson’s lengthy criminal record, including assault and drug charges, and they turned and walked away. The real question is: why was this guy even coaching?
Not surprisingly, the Miami-Dade Extreme Youth Football League is considering kicking the Saints out of the league.
Video below, but first more from WSVN-TV:
The Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested Robinson late Monday afternoon and charged him with battery. The incident was caught on camera during a game between the West Park Saints and Miramar Patriots in Broward, on Saturday. The video was quickly uploaded to YouTube. Soon after, police went looking for Robinson.
Now, the Miami-Dade Extreme Youth Football League is considering kicking the West Park Saints out of the league in light of these new events. The referees ended the game after the altercation, but Robinson had fled the scene.
Referee Andrew Keigans told police the attack happened after he called an unsportsmanlike penalty against the Saints because an assistant coach, identified as 43-year-old Dion Robinson, made a derogatory comment from the sidelines. Keigans posted this text: “I feel bad for the kids who had to see their coaches, role models, acting like that.”