‘Diddy’ assaults son’s football coach

US: Megastar Sean “Diddy” Combs was arrested in Los Angeles for assaulting his son’s football coach with a deadly weapon, according to Gawker.com.

Struck with a weight after "intense screaming"

Campus police took Diddy into custody after he struck his son’s coach with a kettlebell weight, although the coach was not seriously injured. Diddy had reportedly been watching his son during a strength and conditioning session during which the coach had been “screaming intensely” at the boy. He later confronted the coach in his office, where the assault is said to have taken place.

Diddy is still in custody on campus.

The good, bad and Diddy of school sports

While the renowned hip-hop artist and producer can be commended for attending his son’s football practice, his behaviour later on spoils the “good dad” points. Some parents can take their children’s activities on the field way too competitively. Of course, the coach may have prompted the reaction with his excessive coaching technique.

This, in turn, may teach children to approach sports from the wrong perspective. Instead of individual or team accomplishments, it becomes about beating the opponent at all costs.

Sports such as rugby, football, hockey and other team sports require discipline from individuals as well as the entire team. A coach has to push the team members to excel in order for the team to benefit. This coaching may be difficult for a parent to witness, depending on the technique used.

If the coaching becomes abusive to a child, however, then any parent would stand up for that child. Standing up for your child would be to approach the situation as an adult, though, and expressing your complaint in a dialogue that would hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution.

Parents are often seen encouraging their children to “take out” the opposition in school sports matches, but schools are generally encouraging more positive support from the side-lines and, in some cases, disciplining parents who are too aggressive as spectators.

If a coach was screaming at your child, how would you react?

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