LA MIRADA (CBSLA.com) — A local high athletic director was suspended after an audio recording was released of him vehemently cursing at his team.
La Mirada High School Athletic Director Kim Brooks is heard on the audio recording, hurling a number of expletives at the players of the high school’s baseball team after losing a ball game.
“Maybe the words weren’t appropriate, but the message is clear, ‘Play with your heart. Play with pride’,” Kim’s son and former major leaguer Eric Brooks said.
The recording, which was released online, has now resulted in Brooks’ suspension.
“You ain’t gonna (expletive) play, why am I gonna bust my (expletive to get you in a position to be here. There’s a lot of (expletive) pride about this program. You just (expletive) on it. You go up that (expletive) plate and you’re (expletive) doing your (expletive) thing, (expletive) you. I’ll pull your (expletive) out.”
The 26-year-veteran coach spoke with CBS2’s Stacey Butler, while unable to comment on the current investigation, says that he apologizes for the language that he used in what he calls his attempts to motivate his team.
“I hope that people understand that, in the heat of the moment, passionate people say things that can be taken out of context,” Eric said. “And the words explicit, yes, but they’re coming from something from 26 years of championships.”
The school district has reportedly placed Brooks on paid administrative leave for the duration of the investigation.
The players, meanwhile, appear to be generally upset about the suspension, picketing at the school, chanting “We want Brooks! We want Brooks!”