//“ENRAGED” COACH FACES JAIL FOR CONDUCT AT YOUTH GAME

“ENRAGED” COACH FACES JAIL FOR CONDUCT AT YOUTH GAME

By Terri Jo Neff

Court order restricts his access to practices, games but not firearms
Football coach disputes police version, claims witness support
UPDATE March 18, 2017
by Terri Jo Neff
Disorderly conduct charges were dismissed against Robert T. Brooks, the assistant football coach who ran on the field during an October 15 midget tackle game to confront a referee. The dismissal was ordered December 21 at the request of deputy county attorney Kristin Guererro-Sisneroz, who advised justice of the peace Timothy Dickerson that Brooks had written a letter of apology and completed an anger management program.
Brooks was charged by Sierra Vista PD for his actions during a game between the Sierra Vista Colts and the Douglas Chargers. A 9-second video filmed from the Douglas sideline appeared to show Brooks pushing a juvenile referee before grabbing at head referee Robert Hardy Jr.
However, another video of the incident surfaced after Brooks was charged. That 14-second video was recorded from the Sierra Vista sideline and appeared to show the adult referee pushed the juvenile referee out of the way as Brooks comes toward them.
While not condoning Brooks’ actions, some of the Colts’ coaches say the incident was the culmination of several issues under the control of the refereeing crew which impacted player safety. The coaches, who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation by league officials, say there were questions of whether some Douglas players were too old or too heavy to be playing in the game.
They also cite a video taken earlier in the game showing a Colts player being injured, followed by several cheers from the Douglas sideline.  The boy was taken to the hospital and later released.  The teams did not finish the game after Brooks’ outburst.
Dismissal of the criminal charges does not impact a protective order taken out by the Sierra Vista American Youth Football & Cheer Association barring Brooks from the team’s games and practice facility until October 17, 2017.
CONTINUE READING BELOW FOR ORIGINAL NOVEMBER 5, 2016 REPORTING
SIERRA VISTA- Some young football players recently got a lesson in the consequences of unsportsmanlike conduct when an assistant coach became upset about the officiating of an American Youth Football & Cheer game.   According to court records, Robert T Brooks with the Sierra Vista Colts team was “so enraged he ran onto the field with closed fist to confront the referee” during an October 15 game against the Douglas Chargers at Buena High School.