Disciplining players is a difficult task for coaches. It’s probably even more difficult when the player that needs to be disciplined is the coach’s son.
Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder had the unfortunate task of suspending his son, linebacker Derek Wilder, after Derek was arrested and charged with the felony of eluding or disregarding a police officer in Chesapeake, Virginia on Thursday, May 18.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, Wilder’s court date will be on July 11. He was also cited for reckless driving and for not having proper registration.
Coach Bobby Wilder released a statement about his son’s suspension.
“Derek Wilder has been suspended indefinitely from the team,” Coach Wilder said, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
Derek Wilder redshirted his freshman year in 2015, and he played in three games during Old Dominion’s 10-3 season in 2016 before sustaining a season-ending injury.
Wilder was competing for the starting middle linebacker spot during the spring. This topic likely won’t be discussed much during the next Wilder family reunion.
(h/t SB Nation)