A middle school football coach claimed that he lost his job after asking his players not to use the N-word in addressing each other.
Thomas Davis, the former assistant football coach at Mesa Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, said that he had already talked to the players “several times” about not using the offensive language, which he said they only directed at each other and not other teams or African-American players.
“I did what I’ve been trained to do, corral the incident. If you’re not head in charge you take it to the people in charge and let them handle it and that’s exactly what I did,” Davis told KRQE.
Davis, who has been coaching at the school for two years, added that he approached the head coach about the situation and was told that it was not his job to reprimand players. The two of them ended up brawling, and head football coach Gabriel Flores called 911 over the fight.
While both coaches were asked to leave the field, Flores kept his job.
“What I was taught being a coach for so long is that you gather the situation and you nip it in the bud before it gets any worse. Apparently it didn’t get done that way and that’s when it escalated into something totally different,” Davis said.