Fennville football coach under investigation

A football coach in Fennville has been accused of treating a player too roughly.

FENNVILLE, MICH. - A Fennville football coach is under investigation after he allegedly roughed up one of his own players. The alleged incident happened at Friday night's football game in Coloma.

Last week the Fennville Black Hawks took on the Coloma Comets. Under the Friday night lights, Fennville parent Chris Hicks says things got physical off the field on Friday, Sept 8. 

Hicks says after a tackle, players from both teams shared a few words. Once the coaches pulled the players back, Hicks says an altercation between a senior Fennville player and head coach Brian Sackett began.

"He grabbed a hold of him the collar area the neck area of his pads and he was shaking him as he was yelling at him," Hicks said. "The kid tries to say something back and he says 'shut up, shut up' and at one point the kid's had enough, so he tries to get loose and get away. The coach drags him back and shaking and yelling at him."

An incident stirred up the crowd and didn't sit well with Hicks.

"He shouldn't be doing this. You can get your point across another way," he added.  "They should be role models for these kids. You can't be bullies in school. You can't do this in school to other kids and stuff, well then why are these coaches doing it to their students?"

The Fennville School Superintendent heard about what allegedly happened and started an investigation.
The district sent WZZM 13 a statement saying:

Fennville Public Schools is taking appropriate steps to investigate an alleged incident between a coach and a player from the September 8 football game in Coloma. We understand how sensitive these situations can be, and to protect the integrity of the investigation, the district has placed the coach on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.  The assistant coaches will lead practice for the team today.  To be fair to all parties involved we will follow due process as we conduct the investigation and decide on an appropriate response.  We are committed to providing the best possible experience for our athletes."

WZZM 13 did reach out to Coach Sackett, and he didn't want to comment at this time.

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