IMMOKALEE, Fla. - An Immokalee High School assistant coach was taken off the sidelines for Friday's game after a brawl at last week's match-up with Naples High.
The school district cannot confirm names, but students tell WINK News assistant coach Rodelin Anthony is the one absent from the home game against Palmetto Ridge.
This follows last Friday's confrontation between Anthony, some Immokalee players and fans who were reportedly heckling the team from the stands.
"Just a whole bunch of people arguing, having a conflict that should have never happened," said Jorge Perez, an Immokalee football fan who was at the game.
Students say the fans were also threatening Anthony's family.
"I can't blame him because it was a reaction. It's your wife and I probably would have done the same thing," said Natrone Means, a senior at IHS.
The district is still investigating the fight and is looking into which student athletes were involved. Exactly who is under investigation and what punishment might lie ahead is not being released.
Meantime, fans hope the blow-up in the stands doesn't end up standing in the way of more blow-outs on the field.
"Immokalee is a community, and they're strong they can come together. It's just a minor setback for a major comeback," said Felipe Saldivar, a senior at IHS.
The school district has not yet said whether the coach will return for the next game.