South Fulton County

Parents fed up after brawl at youth football game

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Cell phone video shows a brawl break out at a youth football game.

The fight happened Oct. 7 at Welcome All Park in South Fulton County during a game between Welcome All and the Tucker Lions. The teams involved are both part of the Youth Football Alliance.

Parents said the brawl started after a coach mocked the losing team. Channel 2's Audrey Washington spoke to a coach who said he was attacked.

"It was a whole park going up against us. We were being ambushed," said the coach, who did not want to be identified.

A woman said she was injured when she was jumped by a group of mothers.

"She hugged me from the back and she tried to pick me up and she body slammed me to the ground," the woman said.


There was another fight at a game in the same league last month in DeKalb County. During that fight, the coach was assaulted by a group of angry parents. Those parents have been banned from games.

League parents are calling for more security at games, insurance and stiffer fines for anyone who starts or incites a brawl.

"I don't feel like it's safe for the kids or anyone else," one parent said.

"The problem with youth sports is not the kids. It's the adults that start acting like kids," said Rod Jones with the Tucker Football League.

Jones said the fight was an isolated situation and the program is safe overall. A Welcome All coach said he didn't initiate the fight and all of the adults need to take responsibility.

"Coaches and parents have to be held accountable," Prentiss Noland said.

Washington contacted the YFA, but did not get a response. The Tucker Football League said it will make sure to have added security at games moving forward.