A Georgia youth football coach who met a member of the team on camera is being prosecuted.
The video of the incident, which occurred Monday at the AA Div 1-7U tournament of the 2020 American Youth Football National Championships in Kissimmee, Florida, shows Savannah Gator’s trainer Gerrell Williams punching the child in the helmet. After Williams yelled at his player, he hit him a second time with enough force that the child lost his balance and fell to the ground.
According to the incident report, the child’s mother declined to bring charges against Williams.
“The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and our local prosecutor have examined this case and it has been decided that charges of child abuse will be brought regardless of the parents’ decision not to prosecute,” Maj. Jacob Ruizsaid said in a statement Friday. “This person’s actions are despicable and there is no tolerance when it comes to child abuse.”
Williams was banned from the League after the incident and also fired from his work as a consultant at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Bureau detention center.
According to the Savannah Morning News, Williams publicly apologized on a Facebook Live video, saying, “I will apologize for my actions, but at the end of the day I will not make any apologies for them.” , I did it.”