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Fight between peewee-football coach and player's father might be tied to recruiting

A confrontation between a a 32-year-old peewee-league football coach and the father of a player left the coach under arrest and the father with injuries, San Diego police said.

Police said the coach, Saivaauli Savaiinea, punched and kicked Mark Cannon, 32, on a playing field in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Authorities told Fox 5 San Diego that Savaiinea thought Cannon was trying to recruit one of his players.

Cannon fell to the ground and hit his head on concrete. He lost consciousness and was taken to a trauma center with head injuries. Police did not have information about his condition Saturday night.

Savaiinea was booked into county jail. Peewee football teams are for players 9, 10 and 11 years old, and smaller 12-year-olds.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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He punched out the boy's FATHER?

Hmmm...a THUG masquerading as a "coach".

is the coach the owner of the players on his team?

So it has come to this? Guys getting into fights over the recruitment, alleged or otherwise, of nine and ten year old kids??? This coach should get charged with the most serious offense he can be charged with. How stupid can you be, fighting with a parent over something like that???

I thought this only happened at Dodger Stadium

Awesome display of control. This world is doomed.

I happen to be familiar with the Pee Wee coach "Suspected" of recruiting. He's a great person, family man, & community leader. Regardless of our initial un-informed perception of what took place it truly is sad that it has come to this

I personally know the Coach and I can tell you that Mr. Cannon must've really crossed the line for Coach to react the way he did. I don't condone what he did because violence is never the answer. What the article doesn't state is that Mr. Cannon is not just a "parent" who got KO'd. He's the coach of the rival team. I spoke to a few people who have had interaction with Mr. Cannon and they say he is known to have a mouth that runs. Both coaches are "family" men and I'm sure did not want this to happen but it did. I just don't think it's fair that people are putting blame only on Coach Sa...BOTH guys are to blame for this ugly incident!!!

Are you kidding me "guest?" Both are to blame right? Mr. Cannon gets kicked and punched over a pee wee football game but he's to blame? Do you also blame the women who get raped?


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