Atlanta High School Football Coach Punches Player On Live TV, Gets Arrested During Game

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We’ve all seen some high school coaches go absolutely berserk on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches before, whether it’s at their players or the referees.

But this right here?

This is when the line officially gets crossed.

According to Atlanta News First, this one went down during a game between Benjamin E. Mays High School, and Douglas County High School this past Saturday, two Atlanta, Georgia area teams.

The game was a part of the Great Atlanta Bash at Eddie S. Henderson Stadium at Midtown High School in Atlanta.

Video footage is going viral of a Mays coach that appears to be yelling at a player, and then proceeded to punch him right in the gut.

You can see the player bent over, visibly in pain as the coach yells:

“Stand up!”

An Atlanta Public Schools spokesman said the coach was identified as Carl Sledge, and he was removed from the sidelines by an APS police officer and taken into custody.

Spokesman Seth Coleman said in a statement:

“A lay coach for Mays High School, who is not a classroom instructor, is in police custody after an incident that occurred on the sideline during the school’s game this afternoon against Douglas County High School. The lay coach will be charged with simple battery and face administrative charges from the district.”

Needless to say, it’s a bad look for not only Sledge, but the Mays coaching staff in general.

Douglas County defeated Mays in the game 48-42.

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