Nine Coaches Arrested For Running Youth Football Gambling Ring
A few weeks ago we told you about a shameful incident at a youth football game in South Florida in which a coach slapped a referee in the face. The ref had forfeited the game in favor of the other team after another coach got in his face to argue a call, and it turned out that the guy who did the slapping had a criminal record.
At the time we wondered how on earth a guy with a violent criminal past could be allowed to coach youth football. However, now it appears that this was just the tip of the iceberg.
Today it was announced that nine youth football coaches in South Florida have been arrested on felony bookmaking charges in connection with an elaborate high-stakes little league football gambling ring.
Yes, you read that right. These men were placing huge bets on the outcomes of youth football. And, surprise surprise, six of the nine dudes arrested—all coaches–have criminal records for drugs, assault, and theft.
The crazy thing is that they weren’t even discreet about it. According to a report by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” the coaches would accept bets and exchange money right there on the sidelines in plain view of everybody in the stands. And the detective running the investigation said he witnessed one coach waive a huge wad of cash in front of his players, indicating how much money was riding on the game.
Of course, all of this is absolutely abhorrent. Kids should never be involved in this kind of thing.
However, at least it explains why that coach was so pissed off at the ref a few weeks back; when he forfeited the game, it probably cost him a bunch of money.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]