Remember Ozell Williams, the cheerleading coach being investigated by Denver police for physically forcing a group of teenage cheerleaders to perform splits?
After disturbing footage surfaced of Williams roughly pushing girls into the splits position while the girls screamed in pain and begged for him to stop, reporters began digging into Williams’s past.
It turns out, Williams was fired from a cheerleading position at Boulder High in 2016 for this exact same issue.
9NEWS reports that Williams was fired as a cheerleading consultant at Boulder High after a parent’s complaint about an incident in which a coach saw him force a girl to do the splits.
Williams was a paid consultant for Boulder’s cheerleading team in 2015 and 2016.
“They would go to do things and if they would stop, like they would go into a tumbling pass and they would stop, and he would be like, ‘I’m going to punch you in the face if you don’t do it next time,’” Julie Ledbetter said. “… You don’t tell kids you’re going to punch them in the face if they can’t pull the skill.”
Williams is currently “on leave” from his East High School coaching position.