DaLawn Parrish had rarely raised his voice at his players all night, but late in the fourth quarter, his team up 35 points, he saw an opportunity to teach a lesson.
His star running back, Dadrian Carter-Williams, had celebrated after he strolled in for his third touchdown of the game, dancing with a teammate as he returned to the sideline. Parrish approached to within five feet and started yelling.
“Next time, that’s going to be a flag and you’re going to be out of the game! What you just did!”
The world is different from when Parrish started coaching in the early 2000s. As society undergoes a cultural shift on appropriate behavior and discipline — with an increased awareness of mental health issues and the impact emotional abuse can have on young athletes — it also has sparked a debate over what the lines are in coaching. Not all stakeholders agree on where tough love ends and verbal abuse begins.
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