'Outnumbered': HS Baseball Coach Caught in Profanity-Laced Tirade
A California high school baseball coach was placed on paid administrative leave after an audiotape surfaced in which he went on a profanity-laced tirade against his players. In the 17-minute tape, which we got a sample of on Outnumbered, Kim Brooks ranted against his players for what he saw as a lack of dedication to the La Mirada High School team.
More on the story below from the Whittier Daily News:
When reached by telephone Tuesday afternoon, Brooks acknowledged it was his voice on the recording. Brooks was upset with his team’s play, likely following an 8-4 nonleague loss to Los Osos on April 26.
“My language was inappropriate,” Brooks explained Tuesday. “I was trying to motivate my team after a very poor performance, and I apologize about the language.”
Wayne Shannon, the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, confirmed Tuesday morning Brooks “has been removed from the classroom at this time,” although he wouldn’t discuss the reason for Brooks’ removal, citing personnel issues.
“We expect our students will be part of a safe and engaging environment,” Shannon said.
“The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District has received a copy of a recording of high school teacher and Athletic Director Thomas Brooks,” the district said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. “The District appreciates the serious nature of the content of the recording, and as such is conducting a full investigation into the matter. Pending completion of the investigation, Mr. Brooks will remain on paid administrative leave in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation process.
“Because the case involves an ongoing personnel matter, the District cannot comment further.”
At one point in the tape, Brooks indicated members of the team were upset it had to play in a tournament during spring break instead of getting some time off.
“I’m sorry that (during) your Easter vacation you had to play baseball,” he said before launching another profane tirade. “There’s some (expletive) kids at Children’s Hospital that would have given anything to be able to walk and be out there!”
Brooks’ words, however, go beyond an attempt at motivation several times.
“If you can’t (expletive) dive for a ball in the infield, (expletive) you! Can’t make a routine play? (Expletive) you! Let somebody else try to make a (expletive) routine play,” Brooks said. “You’re gonna (expletive) (complain) and moan at the (expletive) umpire? … (Expletive) you! Get off the (expletive) mound! I want a man out there. I want men!
“This isn’t (expletive) little boys’ baseball,” he continued. “It’s (expletive) time to grow (expletive) up.”
Hear what Sandra Smith, Harris Faulkner, Katie Pavlich, Kirsten Powers and the #oneluckyguy, Bob Beckel, thought about the story in the clip above.