Football coach expelled from league, fired from job after video shows him repeatedly hitting young player

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KISSIMMEE, FL – A counselor for the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office was recently fired from his job after a viral video of the man striking a youth football league player made the rounds and drew heavy criticism. 

Gerrel Williams recently became famous online, and for all the wrong reasons, during a youth football game that took place in Kissimmee, Florida on December 7th.

Williams was a youth league coach of the Savannah Gators from Georgia, which the December 7th game in Florida had the team competing in a American Youth Football (AYF) National Championship game. 

During the video that went viral from the game, Williams can be seen getting verbally irate and striking a child’s worn helmet numerous times – with one strike causing the child to fall to the ground. 

The youth football team was reportedly composed of 9-year-old players.

Apparently, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in Florida was contacted following the incident caught on video with requests coming in for a probe on possible child abuse. 

In an incident report related to Williams actions caught on video, the child’s mother was aware of what happened, but opted to no press charges against Williams. 

The OCSO mentioned in a statement that “due to no victim willing to press charges for child abuse, an information report was generated to document the incident.”

In response to the heavy criticism, Williams released an apology video, stating the following: 

“I’m not going to make excuses for what I did. I was wrong. I shouldn’t have disciplined him in public, I should’ve waited until we got back for doing what he did. At the end of the day, I apologize to him, the kids, the city down here and my family back at home”

So while Williams isn’t going to be facing legal consequences, it doesn’t mean he walked away from this incident unscathed. 

When it relates to coaching youth football for the AYF, those days are gone for Williams. The organization has banned Williams for life in terms of working with or even attending any of their events. 

A statement from the AYF on the matter noted that Williams’ actions captured on video were a blatant violation of the annual code of conduct that coaches are required to acknowledge and sign. 

But what was likely the most impactful was Williams employer back in Georgia having terminated him. He was employed as a counselor within the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. 

According to the CCSO, Williams was no longer employed at the sheriff’s office as of December 10th. 

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In other cases involving young victims, a man in Georgia was recently arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman and kidnapping her and her child. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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FAYETTEVILLE, GA – A man at a Georgia Walmart allegedly punched a woman in the face, stole her baby, and fled the store.  The mother chased the suspect, who got into a car, pulled the mother inside the car with him, and fled. 

The man was later arrested in a different jurisdiction and brought back to Fayetteville to answer for the criminal charges against him. 

The suspect was identified by police as Marcus Farmer-Crane, who was located and extradited back to Fayette County in the first week of December.  Crane has been charged with kidnapping, simple battery, reckless conduct, and third-degree cruelty to children in the incident.

On September 21, officers responded to the Walmart just before 8:30 p.m. in Fayetteville for a reported kidnapping.  When they arrived, they were told by witnesses that they watched as Crane approached an unidentified woman in the store and punched her. 

Ann Marie Burdett, a spokeswoman for the Fayetteville Police Department, reported that witnesses had seen Crane allegedly strike the victim twice in the face with his fist.  He then allegedly snatched the baby from the shopping cart and fled the store.  Witnesses said they saw the mother run after Crane in attempts to get her child back from him.

Witnesses told police they tried to run and follow Crane and the mother but lost sight of them inside the store.  They continued their search outside of the store and noticed a large crowd of people.  Burdett said:

“The complainants/witnesses reported that the unidentified male pushed the female and young baby that was seen inside the store together earlier into a vehicle.  The female was seen making several attempts to get out of the vehicle, but the male subject repeatedly pushed her back into the vehicle.

“One of the complainants stated that they told the male subject to stop.  However, the subject jumped into the driver seat and sped off in the vehicle with the rear door still open.”

Crane then fled the scene with the mother and child inside the vehicle.  Thankfully, a witness was able to obtain a license plate for the vehicle and gave that to the police.    

Police researched the vehicle’s information and learned that the vehicle was registered to the victim’s mother.  Based on that information, they reached out to the registered vehicle owner to ascertain if she knew anything about the incident in an attempt to verify that the victim and her child were safe.  Burdett said the attempts to contact her daughter were unsuccessful, however:

“The mother was informed that her daughter was seen with a black male, and she was asked if she knew who the male subject she was seen with might be.  The mother stated that she might know who the male could be. 

“The mother telephoned the number for the unidentified male involved in the incident.  The male answered the call and responded by stating that her daughter did not want to talk to anyone right now, and he hung up the phone.”

Crane was apprehended in another county on an unrelated criminal charge and was transported to the Fayette County Jail to answer the charges from this incident.  Police have not released Crane’s relationship to the victim or the baby.

Police have also not released the identity of the mother or child, which is normal in situations like this that could be domestically related.  They have also not released any information on whether the victim and the young child have been located or are safe.

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