During Friday’s match-up between California high schools Lakewood and Long Beach Millikan, a Millikan player appeared to kick an opponent who was on the ground after losing his helmet.
Lakewood running back Victor Bates lost his helmet while being tackled with the football. As he gets up, a Millikan player runs over to the pile and appears to kick the helmetless Bates in the head. Some of Bates’ teammates, witnessing what took place, ran over to defend him.
No penalty was assessed for the altercation during the game
After the game, according to USA Today HS, a member of Bates’ family is alleged to have entered the Lakewood locker room and “attacked” four Millikan players, according to a statement posted on the Millikan Football Facebook page.
“A Lakewood player’s family pushed the security guard aside and then attacked four of our players,” the statement reads. “Two were struck in the face and two were grabbed by the neck. Physically bruised but I am sure emotionally not okay. This all happened in less than 30 seconds and the family was out before the coach and trainer could do something. Security did nothing to stop the family from leaving.”
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