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Recently, I had the misfortune to witness one of the worst examples of sportsmanship that I have ever seen. Having four boys, I have attended my share of sporting events and have never experienced what I saw and heard at the junior high football game on Sept. 24 between Freeport and Valley at Freeport.

The problems at sporting events are usually the parents, but this time the crowd watched and heard the appalling behavior from Valley’s coach, Mike Petit. My son is the quarterback for Freeport and was getting ready to set up a play when the official blew the whistle for off-sides. The official threw a flag and blew the whistle, but a Valley player tackled the quarterback, which was more of a body slam headfirst, resulting in a concussion. The official then threw another flag for roughing the passer. While my son was being attended to on the field, Mr. Petit decided, among a quiet crowd, to yell across the field to his players, “Do it again.” A couple of the players then got up and started clapping, which brought an angry Freeport crowd to its feet. This was all happening as my husband and I watched our son being carried off on a stretcher and then taken to a local hospital.

I know that football is a violent sport, and the tackling and hitting are part of the game, but ignorant and cruel remarks from a coach are not part to the game. This is a person who is supposed to be setting an example for the kids he coaches. If a player made that same comment, the coach would have reprimanded him; who reprimands the coach• The official did throw another flag for the coach’s actions, but he should have been thrown out of the stadium.

Thank God, my son is fine, but Valley needs to take a second look at who they want to represent their school and who they want to set examples for their students.

Leslie Milito, Buffalo Township


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