John Fey: Parents react to alleged comments that forced Treasure Coast football coach to resign
Parents divided on acceptance of vulgar words
11:47 PM, Sep 26, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- - Parents along the Treasure Coast and throughout the Palm Beaches reacted on Thursday to the detailed report released surrounding the resignation of former Jensen Beach High School Football Coach John Fey.
Player witnesses alleged Fey told them, "I want cold, blooded killer that will inflict pain on other teams," and, "Give them a slow death."
At one of the biggest football games on Thursday night at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, the alleged comments had parents buzzing.
"Would I want my son to be talked to like that? No," said Diana Deaunovich as she watched her son Mitchell play.
Deaunovich said she thinks society has become a little too sensitive but feels the recent Jensen Beach High case crosses the line.
"I think that's really not showing good sportsmanship," said Deaunovich.
Parent Pascal Liguori, who was watching his son Angelo, has a different take on the issue.
"Well it's all about being politically correct," said Liguori.
A little league coach himself, Liguori said times change and that accepted behavior on the field does too.
"You got to say it differently. The meaning is the same, but the words need to change. They'll get the message," said Liguori.
Coral Spring High School football player Ralph Paul, who was watching his friend Devonte play, thinks parents can overreact.
Paul does not mind the curse words or vulgarity. He said he expects it and that it pumps him up.
"It's part of it sometimes. Sometimes you got to get tough with the players. It all depends on the players. You got to have thick skin to play this sport," said Paul.
When reached for comment, the lawyer for Fey did not want to comment.