Trent Dilfer found himself in some hot water over the weekend after a viral video showed the former NFL quarterback turned high school football coach shoving and screaming at a player.
Dilfer, who is now head coach at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, confronted Beau Dawson in the video and began screaming while shoving him and grabbing him from the shoulder pads.
Beau Dawson is the son of former NFL kicker Phil Dawson.
After the incident went viral, Dilfer issued an apology through the school and took full responsibility for his actions.
“I want to address the incident on our sideline during Friday night’s game versus Independence that has drawn a lot of attention,” Dilfer said, via Pro Football Talk. “First and foremost, I take full responsibility as the head coach and leader of our team for not deescalating an emotional situation with one of our players, Beau Dawson. Beau is one of our finest student-athletes and embodies all the characteristics we are looking for in our Mustang players.
“Beau plays the game with the right kind of passion and is an inspiration to our other players. During a moment of frustration in an attempt to get our team to play with more discipline, I unfairly singled Beau out. Somehow Beau Dawson has been portrayed publicly as the culprit in this situation, when in reality I should have been a better leader and shown greater wisdom and discernment in how I handled this incident. Overall, I could not be more proud of Beau and the rest of our team for how they handle the emotional nature of each game they compete in.”
There is no word on whether Dilfer will face any discipline for the incident.