LeBron, Shannon Sharpe Call out Video of Coach Hitting Youth Football Player

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 10, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James warms up before an NBA conference semifinal playoff game against the Houston Rockets game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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LeBron James and FS1 television analyst Shannon Sharpe called out a youth football coach for hitting a player in a video that was widely circulated online Wednesday. 

James posted on Instagram Story about the video, saying "If I there and it's not even my kid we gone have more than words for sure."

Sharpe echoed James' sentiment. "I'll whip him even IF* that's his kid," Sharpe tweeted about the coach. "I won't let anyone [prey] on the weak or vulnerable in front of me. Not going to happen."

Brad Logan of WJTV in Jackson, Mississippi, posted the video on Twitter while also reporting that the Savannah Gators fired the coach and apologized to the mother of the child who was hit. An official announcement from the Gators has not been provided.

The Gators are a nine-and-under youth football team based in Savannah, Georgia. They are in Kissimmee, Florida, as part of the American Youth Football National Championships. 

It's unclear when the coach's attack on the player occurred, as the Gators played two games this week.

Savannah played the Winston‐Salem Indians on Wednesday in a consolation game in the AA Division II bracket. 

The Gators opened the tournament Monday against the San Diego Bad Boys in the first round.