Coach Suspended for Using Coffin Parade as Intimidation Technique During Youth Football Game

The Miami Gardens Ravens were gearing up to take on the Carol City Chiefs at Miami Carol City Park. Both teams plays in the Flo Rida-sponsored Florida Youth Football League, which includes children as young as five. The park was packed with families.

Then something odd appeared. Young girls in pink shirts and socks began pushing a white coffin decorated with balloons around the field. It was an eerie display for a youth-oriented event taking place in a neighborhood that has long battled gang violence and crime.

Well, according to Local 10, a volunteer coach for one of the teams had concocted idea. There's no word on how he managed to rustle up an actual coffin for the purpose.

Parents and parks officials were outraged. Miami Gardens mayor Oliver Glibert emailed the station to say that his parks and recreation department "was diligently working to reiterate the appropriate code of conduct to all volunteers."

The coach, who has not been identified, says he got the idea from a high school football game, but he never ran the idea by anyone else. He was suspended yesterday.

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Kyle Munzenrieder