Youth football coach from viral video of collision was fired in ’20

The violent collision between two youth football players that has prompted outrage on social media this week occurred in September, and the team’s head coach was later removed from his position, a lawyer for the youth football league told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday.

The attorney, Christopher Duggan, told USA TODAY Sports in a written statement that the Wesley Chapel Weddington Athletic Association – a youth sports organization in North Carolina – first learned about the collision in September and commissioned an investigation.

“This drill occurred back in September 2020 on a team with a first year coach in the program,” Duggan wrote in the statement. “This was addressed immediately with the coach when it happened as this was deemed not an acceptable drill for this age group or the experience level of these players. Subsequent to the coach being removed from his position, there were no other incidents or issues with this team during the remainder of the season.”