September 29, 2012

Pop Warner Team Used Bounties: An inquiry is underway into whether a California youth football team of 10- and 11-year-olds was offering cash bounties for knocking opponents out of games. The Orange County Register reported Sept. 21 that two coaches of the Tustin Junior Pee Wee Red Cobras offered players cash, usually between $20 and $50, for big hits and knocking opponents out of games. One of the players targeted with a bounty, an 11-year-old running back from the Santa Margarita Stallions, suffered a concussion while playing against the Red Cobras last November. "This kid speared him. Hit him right in the head," the father of the injured player said.

posted by rcade to football at 12:15 AM - 5 comments

Way to go, Coach.

This story is so nuts that it wouldn't shock me if it turned out to be some evil genius smear campaign by someone with a grudge. Sadly, it's probably just true.

posted by feloniousmonk at 04:18 AM on September 29

I'd say it's true. Now that it's in the public sphere, if this story turned out to be a lie, this father and some other parents might be facing their own bounties ... from attorneys.

posted by jjzucal at 09:45 AM on September 29

posted by yerfatma at 10:04 AM on September 29

Thanks, fatma. The first thing that came to mind for me when I saw this was "Sweep the leg!!"

posted by tahoemoj at 11:16 AM on September 29

Its the end of the world as we know it,..... I feel fine.

"Put em in a body bag Johnny..."

posted by Debo270 at 09:57 PM on October 01

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