Move over, New Orleans Saints.
And look down.
Joining the once-mighty NFL team in the Hall of Shame for having a bounty program is the Tustin Junior Pee Wee Red Cobras.
Head coach Darren Crawford and league president Pat Galentine have been suspended as National Pop Warner investigates allegations that surfaced in the Orange County Register.
Parents of players on the 2011 Red Cobras team of 10 and 11 year olds told the Santa Ana daily that Crawford and then-defensive coordinator Richard Bowman offered cash payments for big hits in Pop Warner playoff games against Yorba Linda, Santa Margarita and
In the Santa Margarita game, a defensive player received a cash bonus for knocking a running back out of the game, it was further alleged. That kid suffered a mild concussion.
“In light of new information and players coming forward who did not participate in the league investigation, National Pop Warner will intervene to further investigate the alleged bounty program in Tustin Pop Warner,” Executive Director Jon Butler reportedly the Register.
The suspensions do not cover Bowman as he has left pee wee coaching. As for the Red Cobras soldiering on without their head coach, I understand Sean Payton is available.
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.