Former NFL Quarterback Trent Dilfer is in hot water and trending on social media for all the wrong reasons. The Lipscomb Academy football coach lost his shit by name calling and putting his hands on one of his high school players on the sidelines during a game. The incident was captured on video and has gone viral. Dilfer, the starting QB for the Ravens when they won Super Bowl XXXV and a former ESPN analyst, has been the head coach of the Nashville school since 2019.
Can watch the altercation here.
The student on the receiving end of Dilfer’s diatribe, Beau Dawson, is the son of former NFL frog Phil Dawson. Dawson is part of Dilfer’s staff at Lipscomb as a Special Team Coordinator. The two former pros were teammates with the Cleveland Browns during their playing days.
Even if Dawson is OK with his son’s reprimand by Dilfer, it doesn’t look good in any way. Most of us understand that this incident would be considered “mild” in another era. Today, this makes Dilfer look like he’s completely lost his cool, and that’s exactly what happened. You can’t stand on the sidelines with kids pushing around. That kind of behavior is no longer acceptable.
Since all the backlash, Dilfer released a statement take full responsibility and apologize for the incident.
“I want to comment on the incident on our sidelines during Friday night’s game against Independence, which has attracted a lot of attention. First and foremost, I take full responsibility as the head coach and leader of our team for not de-escalating an emotional situation with one of our players, Beau Dawson. Beau is one of our top student athletes and embodies all the traits we look for in our Mustang players. Beau plays the game with the right passion and is an inspiration to our other players.
During a moment of frustration in trying to get our team to play with more discipline, I wrongly picked Beau. Somehow Beau Dawson has been publicly portrayed as the culprit in this situation, when in reality I should have been a better leader and shown more wisdom and discernment in how I handled this incident. Overall, I couldn’t be more proud of Beau and the rest of our team for the way they handle the emotional nature of every game they compete in.”
Imagine a coach like Bobby Knight trying to coach today. Any college he tried to coach would run him out of everything he’d been through in Indiana. Speaking of anger issues, Knight had plenty.
It doesn’t matter if you have a personal relationship with the child and his parents outside of school. These altercations cannot take place on every level of youth sport. Abusing another person’s child cannot be tolerated.
It will be interesting to see what Lipscomb Academy does in response to the altercation. Let’s see if it hands out any kind of punishment for The bizarre eruption of Dilfer. I think they’ll handle this internally and let Dilfer and Dawson handle it amongst themselves. If this wasn’t Trent Dilfer, but a coach who hasn’t played NFL or major college football, I think the ultimate solution to this ordeal could turn out very differently.