9:41 AM PT — The coach who smacked the child has now been banned from all American Youth Soccer actions, the org. tells TMZ Sports activities.
We spoke with AYF Government Vice President Adam Laufer who tells us, “We’re in fact past disillusioned within the coach’s actions, that are wholly inconsistent with the basic worth of youth sports activities.”
“The coach has been banned indefinitely from all future AYF occasions and actions.”
AYF is an enormous youth soccer league with a presence in all 50 U.S. states and 6 international locations.
LeBron James was so outraged after watching a youth soccer coach smack a baby throughout a sport this month … he stated he would possibly’ve straight-up fought the man over all of it if he have been there in individual.
“If I there and it isn’t even my child we gone have greater than phrases for certain,” the Lakers famous person stated Wednesday night time.
If you have not seen it … the video is fairly disturbing — a grown-man ATTACKS one his gamers after a play on the sphere, hitting the child within the head a number of instances earlier than throwing him to the sideline.
The incident all reportedly went down on the American Youth Soccer Nationwide Championships in Kissimmee, Florida … and the kid is reportedly solely 9 years previous
The person was hit with a TON of backlash on social media for his actions … with many individuals calling for his job — and even jail time.
The coach issued a video apology … saying, “On the finish of the day, I’m a person. I am not going to make no excuses for what I did” — however, clearly, the mea culpa wasn’t sufficient for LeBron.
James Instagrammed the video and SLAMMED the coach … including, “Ain’t no approach!! Could not be my child.”
Different athletes have expressed comparable outrage … with Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer Shannon Sharpe writing, “Even IF* that’s his child, I’ll whip him.”
“I received’t let anybody prey on the weak or weak in entrance of me,” Sharpe continued. “Not going to occur.”
It is unclear if the coach will face any prison costs — and even self-discipline from the youth league — over the incident.
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