LAKEWOOD (CBSLA.com) – 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. 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: Biden Administration To Give Out 400 Million Free N95 Masks
“Just punted him, like he was kicking a ball,” said a teammate, who witnessed the incident when he was on the field. “I was like really. And I went to the refs, like how could you not see that?” he said.
“No respect, no mercy, no nothing,” said another teammate. “Clearly everybody saw it, as soon as it happened. I see everyone in the stands, just in awe. So it should have been a flag.”
But it wasn’t. The game went on, And Bates kept playing. But several parents were not happy.READ MORE: Here's How To Request Free At-Home COVID Tests Starting Wednesday
“As 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,” 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: “This 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: Dozens Of Calif. Colleges To Pay Students $10K For Public Service Work Under New State Program
The school district spokesman said the school is aware and taking action, but refused to elaborate. Neither coach was inclined to comment.