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"Friday Night Tykes" Coach Suspended for Telling Kids to Aim for Head

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Kids and football: It's a popular sight -- and tradition -- here in Texas.

But now a reality TV show on the Esquire Network is turning heads and side-lining coaches.

To some, the language comes across as a little harsh.

"You have the opportunity today to rip their freakin' head off, and let them bleed," a coach can be heard saying in a recent episode of "Friday Night Tykes."

"Don't give me that soft crap," another says. "This is where you earn your play time!" says a third.

"I don't care how much pain you're in. You don't quit!"

The show features five San Antonio youth football teams; kids as young as 8 years old.

"It's everything that's wrong with youth football, and to some degree it's a lot of what's wrong with television," said Terry O'Neill with Practice Like Pros, a group that aims to get coaches "to practice with less contact," their Web site states.

Now two coaches from the show are suspended, one of them for telling players to hit opponents in the head.

"If that kid comes across, I want you to put it in his helmet. Do you understand?" Charles Chavarria tells a player in the episode. "Yes, sir!" the kid responds. "I don't care if you don't get up. Let's go," Chavarria continues.

The coach has since apologized.

"I have regrets with my actions and behaviors," he said in an interview. "I do have regrets with the shows. I've lost a lot."

A second coach, Marecus Goodloe, has also been side-lined after reportedly encouraging kids to use profanity.

He later apologized on Twitter.

But a parent of one of the players came to the coaches' defense in a recent interview with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

"It is an intense activity and our kids are pushing themselves," said Lisa Connell, "but it's because they have the potential for that greatness."

It's potential doctors and football pros don't want to see crushed by what can be serious injuries.

The head of the Texas Youth Football Association also defended the coaches. He said you're not seeing the whole picture on the show, that they're correcting the players when they hit each other in ways they shouldn't.

Despite the suspensions, Esquire Network plans to air more episodes of "Friday Night Tykes."

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