ARCADIA, Fla. An assistant football coach was fired and the head coach has resigned at Desoto High School after the assistant was accused of punching a player in the face.
Devontre’a Lamott Lashown Tyler, 23, was arrested and faces charges of battery and child abuse after the punch is said to have been thrown during an Oct. 31 practice. Laquita Rembert, the mother of the 16-year-old player, said she intends to press charges.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Rembert said. “I can barely hold back the tears now just thinking about it.”
Tyler called the player a profane name after he missed a play, according to Rembert.
“My son was upset, so he turned around and repeated it back to him,” she said.
Tyler rushed the player, knocking off his helmet and punching him, witnesses said, according to a police report.
“My son said he hit him about five or six times before anybody else really tried to stop him from getting hit,” Rembert said.
It wasn’t until Rembert showed up at the school the next day that anyone alerted authorities, she said.
Tyler has been ousted, and head coach Matt Egloff resigned, according to Principal Ismael Villafane.
The school hasn’t responded to a request for further comment.