Pee Wee Football Brawl: League Board Member Addresses Concerns, Rumors

Security Changes Considered for Future Games

STUTTGART, Ark. - Reaction continues to pour in after a brawl broke out at an East Arkansas Pee Wee football game Tuesday in Clarendon.

"That don't make no sense," one woman can be heard shouting while filming the incident on Facebook Live.

On Thursday, a league representative spoke about the fight for the first time. Since Tuesday, Austin Hayes has been fielding concerns and teeing up changes.

"You want kids to have a good experience, and Tuesday night they didn't," Hayes says.

Hayes is one of two paid board members for the East Arkansas Pee Wee Football Conference. Hayes is also paid as the Parks Director for the City of Stuttgart. He says future board meetings will most likely include discussions about security.

"When you have 50 people from each side rushing the field, there's nothing four or five police officers or sheriff's [deputies] can do about it," Hayes says.

New video shows another angle of what ignited the melee. A Stuttgart player hits a Hazen player after the whistle, Hazen's coach reacts immediately and grabs the sixth grader with both hands.

We spoke to two Stuttgart parents on Thursday. Both wanted to remain anonymous.

"I don't think that coach should be allowed to coach anymore," says one Stuttgart mother.

Another Stuttgart mom added: "I mean, I just started crying instantly because it was people stomping on people, fighting on people."

Since Tuesday night, rumors swirled regarding the age of the Stuttgart player blamed for the bad hit and his track record..

One woman can be heard on video calling it into question saying: "He's been playing dirty this whole game."

Hayes dismissed the rumors.

"Anything like that, I mean, I'm not going to go any further because it's a minor, but he's legal to play," Hayes says. "We weren't made aware of anything, as a board, that there were any ejections or anything like that."

We spoke to parents in Hazen, but none of them wanted to comment on the issue.

We also reached out to the Hazen coach shown in the video, but we have not heard back.

Three people were arrested following the brawl, and a Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputy was injured after getting hit in the face. Sheriff Michael Neal says he expects to make more arrests.

 


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