A coach’s role is not only to teach athletes how to play a particular sport, but also to set a sportsmanlike example — especially when the athletes are impressionable high school kids.
One Tennessee high school cheerleading coach has been removed from her position after a video surfaced showing her acting in what appeared to be a particularly unsportsmanlike manner, according to Fox News Insider.
Teresa Fann, Grundy County High School cheerleading coach, apparently didn’t realize cameras were recording when she approached a rival cheerleader while the young girl was tumbling and seemingly tried to trip her.
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The video shows Fann walking up to the Sequatchie County High School cheerleader as she performed a tumbling sequence across the gymnasium.
Once she reached the girl, the footage clearly shows Fann sticking her foot out in an apparent attempt to trip the teen mid-tumble. Thankfully, the young girl does not fall and is not injured by Fann’s actions.
Witnesses have been split on what really happened, as some are sure that Fann deliberately tried to trip the cheerleader, while others contend that the incident wasn’t what critics are making it out to be.
Many commenters have come to Fann’s defense on social media, and a petition has reportedly been circulating in efforts to reinstate Fann as cheerleading coach.
Watch the controversial video here:
While we cannot be sure what Fann’s true intentions were, it certainly looks bad for the cheerleading coach. I can’t imagine any reason why a coach would approach another school’s cheerleader in mid-tumble, potentially risking an injury or worse.
If this coach was truly trying to trip the young girl, we can only hope that her athletes know better and won’t follow the poor example she set.
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