A SICKENING video of a youth football coach beating a nine-year-old player around the head and knocking him to the ground has gone viral and sparked outrage on social media.
In the disturbing clip, the violent coach brutally punches the young player in the head, sending him spinning around.
Seconds later, the shocking footage shows the coach hitting the nine-year-old Savannah Gators player again, knocking him to the ground.
As the little player gets to his feet, the coach starts screaming in his face before grabbing him by the head and shaking him.
Taken at the American Youth Football Championships in Kissimmee, Florida, the video has received millions of views and severe backlash from horrified viewers.
Dressed in their yellow jerseys and helmets, the pee wee team approach the sideline after play, before the frenetic assault unfolds.
The abuse has been described as “absolutely disgusting”, “toxic” behaviour and “sickening” in some of the thousands of comments following the video being posted online.
“He should be arrested and never allowed to coach again,” wrote one viewer on social media.
The coach, identified as Alexis Cobb, later posted a half-hearted video apology on Facebook expressing his remorse – but only for reprimanding the child in public.
“I’mma apologize for my actions about what took place,” Cobb said. “At the end of the day I am a man and I’m not going to make no excuses for what I did. I was wrong.
“I shouldn’t have disciplined him in public. I should’ve waited till we got back. At the end of the day I apologize to him, the kids, the city and my family back at home. I do apologize.”
But the brazen kids’ coach then went on to ask people not to make negative comments about his behaviour as he had been forgiven by the young player’s parents.
“There’s no excuse for my actions but he forgave me and his parents have forgiven me so nobody else should be bashing me. Thank you,” he signed off.
In the wake of the backlash, the Savannah Gators posted a response before later deleting the words.
“We understand what we all saw yesterday was disturbing to us all but let’s not blame everyone for one man’s actions,” the post read.
“The guy in the video is our 9U head coach he is a good guy that just took it a little too far on a 9U player.”
A fellow coach later confirmed that Cobb had been banned from coaching in the AYF for life and is also facing charges in Florida, reported International Business Times.
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