Earlier this week it was reported that South Florida Coach Jim Leavitt allegedly grabbed sophomore defensive back Joel Miller by the throat and smacked him in the face twice during halftime of their Nov 21st game vs. Louisville. Miller went to his former Wharton High School coach, David Mitchell, for guidance. Mitchell, who is also a deacon, is speaking out and confirming the story as the Hand-to-God truth.
“I would not send a kid where he will be humiliated or mistreated,” Mitchell said. “It [playing for Leavitt] is like knowing someone is considering buying a bad car. You tell them ‘It doesn’t run, it’s no good, don’t buy it.’ If they still decide to, they have to live with that decision. But at least I let them know how bad it was.”—Fanhouse.com
Miller has since changed his story to say he was only grabbed by the shoulder pads to motivate him after he totally F’d up and completely let his team, fans, and entire family and neighborhood down and probably should have been stoned or banished from the community for his special teams mishap. So either a) he’s afraid of the repercussions of coming forward, as was implied in the first report; or b) he’s a big liar liar pants on fire drama queen who just wants attention.
I don’t really see what the big deal is. Sometimes those damn kids just don’t do what you want them to do and they deserve to get slapped. It was just a love tap! It only hurts because I love you!