Cops: Youth Coaches Bet Up to $100,000 on Little League Football Games
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — Authorities say that nine youth football coaches or assistant coaches in a south Florida little league football league face felony charges in connection to high-dollar gambling on youth football games.
According to the report from ESPN, Brandon Bivins, Darren Brown, Vincent Gray, Brandon Lewis, Brad Parker, La Taurus Fort, Willie Tindal, Darron Bostic and Dave Small – men who coach boys ages 5 to 15 – face felony bookmaking charges and could face up to five years in prison each.
Authorities say that the men placed huge bets on the games they coached – up to $20,000 was bet in a game between rivals Northwest Broward Raiders and the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes, and up to $100,000 would be bet on the championship games at then end of the season.
“They take all innocence away from the game when they involve themselves in these criminal acts,” Det. Solomon Barnes told ESPN. “And it’s just mind-blowing what we discovered in this investigation.”