Bounty Scandal Engulfs Kids’ Football Team

TUSTIN, Calif. (September 28, 2012)--The league president and the head coach of a children's football team in Orange County both were suspended over allegations that players were offered bounties to knock opponents out of games.

The executives presided over last year's Tustin Junior Pee Wee Red Cobras, a team of mainly 10- and 11-year-olds.

The Orange County Register reported that a group of parents alleges that head coach Darren Crawford and an assistant coach offered players cash for getting big hits and for knocking rivals out of playoff games last season.

One player suffered a mild concussion.

National Pop Warner officials said Crawford and Tustin President Pat Galentine were suspended until the program investigates the allegations and issues a ruling.

Crawford, Galentine and former assistant coach Richard Bowman deny the allegations.

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