A high school football coach in Beaumont, California has been placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced of him punching one of his players as punishment.
Beaumont High School head coach Will Martin is seen punching his player in the stomach for discipline. The player has his arms above his head, and it’s in front of the whole team.
Members of the team can be heard laughing in the background as the coach prepares to swing at the player.
You can hear the team laughing and see more of the incident from a video posted by the Football Scoop Staff.
The video was acquired by the school district, and the school placed Martin on leave. It’s unclear whether criminal charges will be placed.
One parent of a player said Martin’s actions are common, and that’s how he disciplines his players. The players seem to be aware of it and didn’t seem to have a problem with it.
But there is a problem with punching your players to discipline them whether the players or parents believe so or not. Players at any level of football or any sport are disciplined for making mistakes, but punching someone is not the way it should be done.
Martin might not feel like he’s done anything wrong, and it’s possible he played for a coach with a similar style. Maybe that’s how players were disciplined in the “old days,” but there are far more effective and less violent ways to discipline athletes.
(h/t SEC Country)