Four charged in Sarasota youth football fight

10:19 PM, Sep 2, 2011   |    comments
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Sarasota, Florida -- Three coaches and one player face charges after a brawl was caught on video at a youth football game.

The fight broke out Saturday in a game between teams of 13- and 14-year-old players in Sarasota.

Photo Gallery: Sarasota Footbrawl pictures

A video made by someone in the stands shows a coach from the Sarasota Gators scuffling with referee Jayme Ream before a helmetless player comes flying in and leveling the official. Others join in the attack after the referee is on the ground.

Ream suffered a shoulder fracture from the fight. Attacking an athletic official is a felony in Florida, with penalties up to five years in prison.

Arrested are 43-year-old Dexter Austin, 38-year-old Timothy Howard, and 28-year-old Antonio Bradley. They are each charged with one count of battery on a sports official. Howard also faces a charge of battery on one of the coaches on the opposing team who tried to intervene in the fight.

The player who is seen on the video tackling Ream, 14-year-old Jamisen Saintvale, also faces a charge of battery on a sports official.

In an earlier statement from the Sarasota Gators, organization leaders say they are "Permanently expelling the coaches and players involved in Saturday's incident."  The league is also issuing sanctions for now, suspending the entire team.

"The coaches were supposed to be suspended from the league for the rest of the year," said one parent, "Now they went as far as taking our league from us.  The kids can't play or anything.  It's not just the parents they're hurting, they're hurting the kids at the end of the day."

10 News and The Associated Press

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