LAKEWOOD (CBSLA.com) â A high school football game in Lakewood went from rough to violent. Now, the family of one player is being criticized for allegedly attacking several opposing players last Friday night.
Lakewood High school played against Millikan High School in Long Beach on Sept. 25.Â A video shows a Millikan player kicking a Lakewood player, Victor Bates, in the head after his helmet was knocked off during the game.READ MORE: Latino Restaurant Association Kicks Off DINE LATINO Restaurant Week
âJust punted him, like he was kicking a ball,â said a teammate, who witnessed the incident when he was on the field. âI was like really. And I went to the refs, like how could you not see that?â he said.
âNo respect, no mercy, no nothing,â said another teammate. âClearly everybody saw it, as soon as it happened. I see everyone in the stands, just in awe. So it should have been a flag.â
But it wasn’t. The game went on, And Bates kept playing. But several parents were not happy.READ MORE: `Unfathomable': Britney Spears' Lawyer Lashes Out At Singer's Father
âAs a parent of a player, if it was my son that got kicked in the face, I’d be very upset. And I would expect the school district to basically expel the player for doing that,â Roger Lands, a parent said.
After the game in the locker room, the family of a Lakewood player pushed passed security and attacked four Millikan players. Two were struck in the face. The other two were grabbed in the neck, according to the Millikan High School football Facebook statement.
The statement said: âThis is very disgusting and breaks my heart that our players were subjected to this. Fortunately, they know who they are and arrests are the next step. Both Millikan and Lakewood administration are involved along with police reports being filed. This will not be hidden and will not go away, rest assured.”MORE NEWS: USC To Require Students, Facility & Staff Be Vaccinated Against Flu By Nov. 1
The school district spokesman said the school is aware and taking action, Â but refused to elaborate. Neither coach was inclined to comment.