The West Contra Costa Unified School District has launched a full investigation after a recent video surfaced that football players are believed to be participating in a dangerous drill at one of the district’s high schools.
The district called the behavior “unacceptable and inconsistent with the values of the WCCUSD”.
In a statement emailed to Bay Area News Group by district spokeswoman Rachel Forrest, the district said, “The safety of WCCUSD students and staff is our top priority and we take these matters very seriously. The district is currently conducting a thorough investigation.” and we will take appropriate steps till the result of the investigation.
Two students told ABC7 News that the video was from El Cerrito High School practice. One of the students said that the video was shot in 2019.
It is not clear whether the players were at the university or lower level.
A text message and phone call to El Cerrito University coach Jacob Rincon were not immediately returned. Rincon is leading the varsity team in its fifth season. Gaucho is 4-2 this fall and ranked 16th by Bay Area Newsgroup.
The video, which was posted to Twitter by @FootbaIl_Tweets, garnered 2.1 million views and sparked outrage within the football community.
In this one player is killed by two teammates. The player got up and was immediately hit by two more teammates. The player got up again and was hit by two more teammates. The fourth time the player got up and was hit again by two more teammates, he remained on the ground when the video ended.
Warning: Video Contains hate speech.
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback, tweeted, “What’s this drill called??? How about letting the kids play football for the enjoyment of some stupid little league coach. Parents do your homework—don’t let your kids play for coaches who do this.” Kind of practice. It’s not football!!!! Fire the coaches immediately!!”
Former NFL and UCLA head coach Jim Moraes tweeted, “This is so far out of line, it’s terrible. Who can ever justify that? If a coach teaches this, he’s not someone you should ever let your kid around.” it’s terrible.”
Sean Salisbury, a former USC and NFL quarterback, was equally upset, Tweet“I want to line up the coaches of this team one by one and teach them a lesson.”
Darren Carr, brother of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and himself a high school football coach, tweeted, “child abuse.”
El Cerrito will host Salesian on Friday night.