A coach in the Rhode Island Preteen Football League was fired after his decision to suit up a 19 year old man was brought to the attention of league officials. The squad he infiltrated was designated for 13 and 14 year olds.
The Capital City Buccaneers coach, who has yet to be identified by name, apologized for what he described as letting his ego get in the way of his judgment. He said that he saw the 19 year old suited up and decided to send him in the game. The curious part is why was he suited up to begin with.
Apparently, the man is the older brother of one of the eligible players on the team. Which makes this story even more bizarre. The fact the he’s related to a member of the squad means that several people had to be in on it before he was caught.
Alexandra Diaz, the founder of the Buccaneers, said that she was “embarrassed” and felt “disrespected” by the actions of the coach. Diaz said that she had spoken with the coach and all he could say was that, ““He wasn’t thinking.” Understatement of the year.
I think the more important question is: What kind of 19 year old can actually fit in with a bunch of 13 year olds. That’s the part that he should be most ashamed about. At 19, there was no way anyone could have thought I was able to play with 13 year olds. Hell, at 13 people questioned if I was 13, because I’ve been a grown ass man for a long time.
In addition to the coach being fired, the entire team was suspended for the rest of the year. This includes the cheer squads and the younger teams that play under the same banner. That’s pretty shitty for them. 60 plus children will miss out on potential CTE because two men made a stupid decision and no one caught it in time.
Fortunately, the team will be able to reapply to the league next year. So there’s still a chance that some of them will develop crippling brain injuries. In the long run, everyone wins.