Throughout the country, youth sports leagues are supposed to provide a safe place for children to grow in many different ways by trying out new experiences, receiving valuable skills, and learning all sorts of new things. But one incident at a Pop Warner youth football event certainly didn’t provide that atmosphere.
Following a Pop Warner youth football game between the Hamden Hurricanes and Highlands Ranch Mountain Lions, a video surfaced that appeared to show a man affiliated with the Mountain Lions using a racial slur directed at the Hurricanes coaching staff.
Pop Warner responded to the allegations in a statement to Fox News.
“A video has come to our attention showing adults, reported to be associated with a Pop Warner team, using racist and threatening language toward coaches from another team,” Pop Warner said in a statement to Fox News. “The disturbing behavior shown in the video is inconsistent with our code of conduct and the expectations we have of our adult volunteers.”
In its statement, Pop Warner said that it will investigate the incident with a hearing next week. Those involved could be facing “disciplinary action.”
“If the panel finds that any of the adults engaging in the verbal assault are, in fact, associated with a Pop Warner team they will be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension from Pop Warner activity.”