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Coach goes on a verbal tirade against Haitian Student


Written by: Keith "Grizz" Crear | SFL Photographer/Sports Blogger

Mike Woodbury has no regrets after a video of him verbally abusing a basketball player went viral after a Youtube video of the audio clip was posted on October 31st. Woodbury, the CEO of Florida private school Nation Christian Academy, was caught in a recorded video. There's no actual footage of the meeting, but the audio was picked up and you can clearly hear what he's telling the player. In the audio, Woodbury is aggressively speaking to senior Marvens Petion, who was intending to transfer, which he later transferred to West Oaks Academy, a nationally ranked school.

The start of the audio has Woodbury spewing obscene amounts of foul language at Petion, saying he'll send him "back to Haiti." Petion came to the United States from Haiti when he was 15 years old. The two go back and forth exchanging words, with Woodbury telling Petion to shut up while calling him a "stupid ass" and "f— face."  In an interview with Stadium on Wednesday, Woodbury confirmed it's his voice captured in the audio, but said he doesn't regret his actions.

Woodbury explained the reasons why he was so upset, alleging that Petion brought alcohol into the player’s room, had incidents of theft and attempted to extort school leadership. The "final straw," according to Woodbury, is when Petion started skipping school. Petion denied all of those allegations to Stadium, and said he only missed one day of school.

 Now as a student who played sports and been around high school sports, We all know that coaches get a little passionate. But at what point do you call the coaches out on their bad behavior and language. A previous female student via twitter stated that, "He several times referred to us as sperm banks” and "If he wanted us to go into a game he would pull our ponytail and drag us to the scorer’s table. We had an African-American girl on our team and he said if she didn’t start playing better there would be a hate crime."

 Woodbury’s actions are insane, unprofessional and VERY unbecoming of representing a Christian Academy, a CHRISTIAN ACADEMY. See and listen to the video below.


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