A Chicago football coach allegedly sat back and watched his football players jump a young man on the front lawn of his home–in front of his mother. The coach, 28-year-old Cassius Chambers, and an associate there during the fight, have been suspended from their coaching gigs. Chambers turned himself in to police and was charged with misdemeanor simple assault on Wednesday.
According to the Chicago Tribune, nearly 30 players reportedly drove in multiple cars to the home of Darion Jones, 16, where they proceeded to viciously attack the young man and his 15-year-old nephew, and it all started over a pair of flip flops. According to Jones’s mother, one of the players claimed that Darion stole a pair of his Nike flip-flops, which the young man denies ever doing. She says the coach and one of his associates watched the attack, but didn’t make any effort to stop it or step in. Jones has been wearing a prosthetic contact lens for years after losing sight in his eye to cataracts. That prosthetic was lost in the fight, and Jones also acquired bruises and lost a tooth in the attack. The boy, and the football players were all students at Fenger High School on Chicago’s South Side. This is the same school where a brawl happened near that killed 16-year-old Derrion Albert in 2009. If you remember, the brawl was caught on video, and Albert was hit with what looked to be a wooden plank or two-by-four.
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