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Parents Defending Krenzel After Claim of Assault at Youth Football Game

Updated: Friday, August 22 2014, 11:03 PM EDT
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DUBLIN (Tara Morgan) -- Parents are coming forward to defend Craig
Krenzel who is accused of assaulting an 8 year old boy during a youth
football scrimmage.

Tracy Mitchell says she was standing 12 feet
away from the play and a scuffle that followed between two boys Monday
night during a Dublin Football League Junior League practice game.

Mitchell says Bruce Wolfe, who filed a police report against Krenzel, is blowing things out of proportion.

says Krenzel threw his son to the ground then picked him up by his
shoulder pads and yelled at the 3rd grader while his feet were dangling.

got him up off the ground but he got him on his feet he was certainly
not violently messing around with him or tossing him around," said

Mitchell says Krenzel raised his voice because he was telling Wolfe's son that when the whistle stops, the play stops.

In a witness statement to Dublin Police, Coach Brian
Blankenship described the assault allegations as "ridiculous overkill.'

Blankenship wrote that Wolfe's son ripped the helmet off
the other player and that's when Krenzel ran over grabbed Wolf's son by the
shoulder pads lifted him off the ground and told him "we don't do

Krenzel's attorney released Krenzel's written statement
to police late Friday.  Richard Cline
says his client did nothing wrong.  So
far, no charges have been filed. 

The full statement from Craig Krenzel is below:

"My name is
Craig Krenzel and I coach youth football in Dublin, Ohio. This is tackle
football. All of the players wear a football helment and shoulder pads.
My son, Brayden Krenzel, is 8 years old and on the team.

Monday, August 18, 2014, we practiced from about 6:00 pm to about 8:00
pm. As we often do, we scheduled a scrimmage against another team for
the last 20-30 minutes of practice. Towards the end of practice, our
team was on defense. Our team made a solid defensive play. As the play
ended, I began to move toward our bous to celebrate and provide positive
reinforcement. After the whistle to end play, and as I was moving
toward out team's huddle, a player for the opposing team attacked a
player on our team. I later learned that the player on the other team
was Preston Wolfe. My son, Brayden, was the player on our team.

began to push and shove Brayden, forcefully throwing him to the gruond,
tearing Brayden's helmet off in the process. As soon as I saw what was
happening between Preston and Brayden, I ran over to the boys to
separate them. By the time I arrived, both Preston and Brayden were on
the ground. I reached down to pick Preston up from the ground by the
chest plate of his shoulder pads with my right hand. As I did so, I
looked Preston in the eye and emphatically told hmi that we do not fight
with opposing players.

I never did anything that would even
remotely put Preston in danger. I did not throw Preston to the ground.
He was already on the ground when I arrived. I did not hit hime, slap
him, punch him, kick him, or, in any other way, strike Preston. I did
pick Preston up (by his shoulder pads) from the ground. I also clearly
communicated to Preston that his behavior - physically attacking a
player on the other team after the whistle had blown to end play - was
unacceptable behavior that the league does not tolerate.

Once we
separated the boys, Bruce Wolfe, in a heated voice, warned me not to
touch his son ever again. A brief but heated exchange of words occurred,
but nothing more than that. The coaches agreed to run one more play, so
as not to end the practice session on a negative note. The teams played
another down, the scrimmage ended, and the boys lined up to shake

After practice ended, I spoke with Mr. Wolfe and asked if I
could speak with Preston. He agreed, and brought Preston over to me. I
introduced myself and told Preston that I did not intend to frighten
him, I had been stern with Preston because it is important for players
to understand that the physical interaction ends when the whistle blows.
In my view, that should have ended the issue.

As a coach and as a
parent, I want to teach our young football players to play hard but to
play by the rules. It is important for the coaches to set appropriate
expectations for the players we coach. One such expectation is that,
once the play is blown dead by the whistle, all physical confrontation
immediately stops. Fighting is never acceptable behavior on a football
field, and I wanted to communicate that lesson to Preston and to the
other boys on the field. I did so in a manner that, while emphatic, in
no way created any risk of danger to anyone. The claim that I assaulted
anyone is simply not true.


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