Coach shoves kid
POSTED: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 12:39pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 8:42pm
ST. LOUIS (NBC News) -- A youth league football coach has been asked to resign after shoving an opposing team's 11-year-old player during a handshake line after a weekend game. The Park Rock Football League of St. Louis, Missouri called for Coach Tony Warneke's resignation after reviewing video tape of the incident. The shoving was caught on tape, but Warneke says there's more to the story. Coach Tony Warneke believes the incident has been taken out of context and is now out of control. "One of the kids coming at me was saying you suck and coming at our players. When he got close he said you blanking suck. And I reached out and shoved him and said knock it off now," Warneke said. He says that shove was no more and no less than what he would have done with his own son. "With that kind of language and that kind of poor sportsmanship going on if my own son who does play on my team had acted that way, I would have expected another coach to do the same thing. I certainly would not have had a problem with it. In fact my son probably would have been grounded for the week," he said. The Park Rock Football association deliberated and says they're asking Warneke to resign from the league. Warneke is upset. He feels the outcome could have and should have been different. He also said he hasn't been formally informed of the league's decision. Joe Deavenport, the father of the player that Warneke shoved, called police immediately after the incident. "An adult no matter whether you're a man or a woman should not be reaching out and physically touching someone else's child in this matter, ever. It's infuriating," Deavenport said. He also says he doesn't believe Coach Warneke's explanation. Chesterfield police are still investigating this incident.