Shocking video shows mom abusing and chasing 12-yr-old boy for tackling son at FOOTBALL game

Shocking video shows mom abusing and chasing 12-yr-old boy for tackling son at FOOTBALL game
The woman is seen threatening and chasing Ivan Flanagan, 12, holding something in her hands (ABC13 Houston screenshot/YouTube)

A Texas mother has been accused of chasing a 12-year-old boy while attending peewee football games after he performed a legal tackle against her son mid-game. The unidentified woman has now been banned from attending the games. In a video, the woman is seen threatening and chasing Ivan Flanagan, holding something in her hands. The startled boy can be seen running away with his hands in the air. 

The woman reportedly violated multiple codes and conduct policies, the Youth Football and Cheerleading league has said. “This is ridiculous. How can you get that angry at a kids game?” said Emilla Rucker, mother of the child who was chased, according to Fox8. “Your son plays football, they tackle each other, that’s just the name of the game. How can you get that upset to chase him and not only chase him but curse at him while you’re chasing him.”


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The woman, along with the rest of her family, has been permanently banned from all events and activities. She also has to pay a $200 fine. “I hate that her son has to suffer,” Rucker said. “I hate that the team has to suffer, because we don’t hate them. We do this for fun.” “If you cannot control your emotions that much that you get that upset then you don’t need to be around kids, but no, nobody has said anything to me,” Rucker added. 


This game was the first of the season for the Southside Ravens, who were up against the North West Gorillas. “Yeah, I picked him up and everything,” said Ivan Flanagan. He was actually trying to shake my hand after the play until his mom I guess started chasing after me.”

Meanwhile, in a Facebook post, North West Gorillas wrote, "First and foremost we would like to apologize to the parents of the young man that was unnecessarily chased across the field by a parent that was a part of our organization. In no way shape or form is that okay nor is it tolerated. We have since removed both parent and children from NWG as we don’t stand with putting nobody’s child in harms way."

"Yesterday, was a highly emotional day as our parents felt their children were not safe due to the level of aggression displayed by players and opposing parents. To the families apart of our village we apologize for placing you guys in unsafe conditions. We all know that little league football has long since steered from its sole purpose of being about the kids. However, our goal was to bring that back and after yesterday I feel as though we did not show that. As we try our best to do our part to ensure that we provide a safe, fun and family oriented environment for the children. Although we can not control anyone else’s actions/emotions we want to take accountability for our behavior as an whole, what part it played and how it was displayed at yesterday’s event. Despite the behavior that was displayed by the opponent team, there was no reason that it escalated to that degree or manner. We are sincerely regretful on how this has affected everyone in and outside of our organization. We appreciate all of our dedicated parents who are continuously riding for us," it said, adding, "Again, we want to deeply apologize to the family and especially the young man."


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