Prosecutors File Charges Against Cudahy Football Coach
Prosecutors filed two misdemeanor counts against a youth football coach in Cudahy on Thursday. Michael Crawley, 39, is accused of slamming a 12-year-old player to the ground during a practice after that player injured Crawley's son.
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Crawley faces one count of battery and one count of disorderly conduct. The two counts carry a maximum penalty of up to a year in prison and $11,000 fine. The short criminal complaint contains information that has already been made public through police reports.
The 12-year-old told authorities that Crawley picked him up off the ground by his facemask. Crawley was swearing at the boy during the time. Crawley admits that he, "lost his cool."
Crawley's attorney describes his client as a professional who is generally a very calm person.
In the complaint, the director of the football program, Jack Littman, is quoted as saying, "our coach went nets, [Crawley] picked up the kid and threw him to the ground and then stood over him and said, I'll (expletive) kill you you (expletive)."
When a police officer talked to Crawley, according to the complaint, Crawley admitted that he lost his cool. Crawley told the officer that he believed the player, Ryan Mullarney, had performed an illegal chop block on his son. Crawley admits to grabbing Ryan by the facemask and throwing him. He says he did it to get Ryan away from his son.
Crawley's lawyer says his client is a professional, generally calm person. "There are several other adult witnesses that were on scene at the time that are also assistant coaches that dispute that that's the chronology and that's the scenario that happened," said defense attorney T.J. Perlick-Molinari.
Mother Says Her Son Quit Football After Crawley Was Coach
Cheryl Krogman says angry outbursts at players are nothing new for Coach Crawley. In fact, her 10 year-old son Trevor quit the team last year because of him. "I can't say exactly how many times, but frequently he would come home from practice and especially when the games started, commenting on how Mr. Crawley would yell at the kids," said Krogman.
"He didn't feel it was a teaching environment." And as the starting quarterback, Trevor was Coach Crawley's most frequent target. "He said he will not play football or any other sport in Cudahy as long as Mr. Crawley is the coach."
The Krogman's complained about the coach, but said nothing was done.
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