Glendora/West Covina Update: Parents of Glendora center J.R. Smith waiting to see what disciplinary action West Covina takes …

The parents of Glendora football player J.R. Smith, who suffered a broken nose and facial lacerations after allegedly having his helmet ripped off and being punched by a West Covina player during Friday night’s game, are waiting to see what disciplinary action West Covina administrators take before deciding on any legal action, according to a source.

Smith was taken to an emergency room for treatment following Friday’s game, sources say, and was treated for his injuries. Meanwhile, the West Covina player was reportedly removed from the game and the Bulldogs coaching staff apologized to Glendora’s staff for the incident after the game.

There has been speculation that Smith’s family will seek some sort of legal action, according to sources. But another source says that won’t happen if they deem West Covina’s punishment to be just. The administrations of both schools will be working closely today to resolve the matter, a source says.

  • Ashamed

    How big of parents. And I feel sorry for the JR kid that his parents are putting him through that in the first place.
    Threating a lawsuit what a bunch of BS. Glendora you should be ashamed. Now that kid is going to have the stigma of Mommy and Daddy protecting little JR.

  • spectator

    What a low class move by that West Covina Player. I hope they do sue. SOmetimes thats the only way people learn.

  • pantherdad

    @ Ashamed,

    Nothing to be ashamed of here, and why are you calling out Glendora when it’s the parents that are threatening the lawsuit. Let it play out before you start slinging dirt. Bottom line, ripping a helmet off a kid and punching him in the nose is not football, and parents standing up for their kid is admirable, not something to be ashamed of. Curious as to how you would respond to this incident if it was your kid Mr/Ms. Ashamed?!?

    Do tell…

  • Bulldogs have bite

    For starters I would like to say as a Bulldog supporter that I do not condone the actions of our player involved. Coach Maggiore and his staff are class acts and do not teach their kids to behave in such a way.

    With that said. What a shame for the Glendora program to have their season focus shifted from winning games to the circus of over protective parents threatening law suits over a football tussle. There are two sides of every story, and I suspect that a WC player did not just rip off J.R.’s helmet and re-arrange his face for just mere entertainment. Who knows what little things that go on in the trenches of such a violent physical and competetive sport would cause a player to retaliate in such a way.

    What would have happened if the WC player was flagged for this? Usually it is an immediate ejection and thats that, end of story, see you next week. Kudos to Coach Maggiore for voluntarily benching his own player and offering sincere appologies when the officials did not require this of him to do so. What more do these Glendora parents want? Money? Haha! Check the demographics, a lot of these WC parents are hard working middle class or lower people. You will not get much if any monetary settlement. They want to see what West Covina’s disciplinary actions are? It’s none of their business what disciplinary actions are taken upon our student, their kid does not attend West Covina.

    They should just drop this case much like a judge would in a court room when he notices this is all about a football tussle. J.R. is a 6’1″ 210 lb young man, he is hardly somebody who can be viewed as a hapless victim.

    Now for him and his teamates, every Glendora headline is going to be about not their prowess on the field, but about him and his parent’s threats of legal action. Wonder what their reaction is going to be when somebody chop blocks and dives at the knees of their son, much like he was doing all game against WC and injures their precious?

    Goodluck to both Glendora and West Covina this season. Let’s hope these parents realize that it’s about the kids and they deserve to not have their season marred by this circus they are creating.

  • gecko

    In this day and age it takes the threat of legal action to get schools to not only look into the situation, but to actually do something about it.

    i.e. school bullies who schools know about, but do nothing except look the other way until they are forced to do something via the threat of legal action.

    You want a school to react? Threaten to take their money away.

  • It’s not football

    Football is a rough sport, but players do not consent to being punched in the face. Criminal charges should be filed against the West Co player and the school should be sued and the West Co coach should receive an ear full. What is next? Someone packing a knife or a gun on the field?

  • Ashamed

    Panther Dad I want to know from my kid why he didn’t return the broken nose giver a favor!! That’s what I’d do!!!
    You wimp!!!!

  • Bulldogs have bite

    It’s not football,

    Yeah sure they don’t consent to being punched in the face. But why was he punched in the face. Football is a contact sport, it’s violent at times and tempers flare. Something tells me this was not an uprovoked attack. Again I don’t condone the actions of the WC player involved, but criminal actions? Please, if you ever strapped on a helmet and pads in your life you know when you feel like punching someone in the face from the other team. It just so happens that one of our players lost control and did just that. It’s not criminal, it’s heat of the moment and a poor choice was made.

    Contact sport. If you don’t want little johnny hurt, cheerleading tryouts is on the other side of the field.

  • Ashamed Of My Fellow Glendora Parents

    And why am I calling out Glendora Parents because I’m around them all the time and I see and hear their petty beckering and posturing. And they need to be called out for exactly what they are a bunch of crybabies and I for one am sick of it.I’m going on my 6th year here and you should hear these people.
    If I were Coach Q I’d throw up my hands give them the keys to the locker room and film room and say ok enough is enough and tell thim to shove it right up their sue happy butts.And then they wonder why everyone transfers out of here.
    No kid or Coach needs this crap from these bunch of self center crybabies.

  • Ashamed

    And why am I calling out Glendora Parents because I’m around them all the time and I see and hear their petty beckering and posturing. And they need to be called out for exactly what they are a bunch of crybabies and I for one am sick of it.I’m going on my 6th year here and you should hear these people.
    If I were Coach Q I’d throw up my hands give them the keys to the locker room and film room and say ok enough is enough and tell thim to shove it right up their sue happy butts.And then they wonder why everyone transfers out of here.
    No kid or Coach needs this crap from these bunch of self center crybabies.

  • Wow

    “It’s not football said:
    Football is a rough sport, but players do not consent to being punched in the face. Criminal charges should be filed against the West Co player and the school should be sued and the West Co coach should receive an ear full. What is next? Someone packing a knife or a gun on the field?”

    Typical Glendora post, talking about needing consent and carrying guns and knives on the field.

    Can you say DRAMA QUEENS.

  • Bulldogs have bite

    Sadly, it’s people like this who will someday be the end of High School sports like football and wrestling etc…

    The state budgets cannot support law suits flying at them left and right for every “little johnny” who get’s a bloody nose in athletic competition. The state educational board will just do away with contact sports all together.

    Please parents, if you are a liberal, do not put your kids in football. There are other ways to settle things than using legal action. Anybody remember when they went to school and got into a fight with a guy and you ended up being best friends? A simple “sorry dude” and a handshake was all it took to resolve the issue.

  • let me say

    the parents have every right to do whats best for their kids, and if they want to take a legal action then so be it! good for them!! and by the way for all those people making racial comments, grow up! if this happen on campus and god forbid the kid got really hurt, then a legal action is the way to go! people have to learn the decesions they make have Consequences to the action!!

  • Jefe

    That thug needs to be kicked off the team.

    Not even up for debate IMO.

  • Tom Macoias

    Ok these people get a life years ago when Duarte and Gladstone got into a fight ant the end of a game everyone said these schools are full of hoodluems now your going to tell me bothe benches did not empty on to the field to defend the players that was in the fight its just a tussel it happens in football

  • GHS

    I was there. JR cut this kid a couple of times BFD. As you should know a cut block is not a chop block and is perfectly legal between the tackles.
    Ripping a kids helmet off and punching him in the nose while he is on his back after the play is cowardly BS.
    There is no way any sane person can condone this Chicken S–t.
    Show some class if you don’t like what someone is doing to you on the football field you hit him hard and clean every play you can that is one of the beauties of this sport.
    What this kid did is criminal and if it happened to my kid I would have gone ballistic!!!!!!
    PS I hear JR will need plastic surgery on his broken nose it is that bad. Chicken —–!!

  • AJR

    Wow is right. Does it matter if the kids are black or white, rich or poor, Glendora or West Covina? It’s illegal to punch a guy in the nose in any sport except boxing. I imagine JR’s parents would want any future unexpected and unneccesary doctor bills covered and who wouldn’t? Certain injuries are part of the game, even a broken nose is part of the game (ask Mark Sanchez) but to pull up a guys helmet to punch him in the face while he’s down? This kid has problems and maybe his parents, coaches and counselors can help him so he can learn to hold his temper and not kill someone in the future. He should definatly not be allowed to play any other high school sports. Let him punch people in a boxing ring where the other guy has a chance to defend himself.

  • RCJP

    It is simply stunnign to me the numebr of people who criticize this kid’s parents for standing up for him. It is beyond comprehension tha so many sandbag or downplay the violence of the offender in question.

    Football is a game. That’s why there are rules. This isn’t some wink-wink/nudge-nudge secret UFC club. A kid who intentionally rips the helmet off another player needs to be benched for several games.

    This isn’t combat – not even close. There is aboslutely no justification for it.

  • Lets be real

    This is not a football injury. If the WC didn’t take off JR’s PROTECTIVE GEAR and hit him in the face while he was on the ground then there would be no story but that is not the case. Also, if the officials would have been doing their job and made the right call this would have made all you people bashing this situation look really silly right now.

    The parents just want justice for this incandescent act of violence. Wouldn’t you? If another kid did this to your child wouldn’t you want them to pay for damages and to be punished?

    I live in Glendora and graduated from GHS and I know those parents you are talking about but this isn’t the case.

    Let’s hope that the WC kids parents step in a agree to pay for damages done to JR and WC punishes their student properly.

    This isn’t about Glendora parents babying their children or race, it’s about doing what is right.

    I guess we will see what happens next.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Reverse racism is alive and well, even on this blog!!! Not cool.

    Sorry, but unlike many other places these days where reverse racism is swept under the rug, you’re not allowed to bash white people on this blog. Or any race for that matter. So don’t think that just because it’s white, it’s right.

    And for you peeps who go there, you’d better take a look around. Our Valley’s ballplayers and families are made up of just about every race under the sun. Better to enjoy it for its uniqueness and not hate.

    Those comments are now deleted.

  • Calling It

    I don’t know whats worse the parents considering the lawsuit or the sniveling Glendora parents trying to justify it.
    I’m leaning toward the sniveling parents because the kid’s parents are just reacting emotionally and not logically.
    The Glendora parents on the other hand have a proven history of just being out of touch with reality and doing just plain stupid things.

  • Mid Valley Fan

    Gotta love the DRAMA, huh Aram!!??
    PsychoBlogs.com

  • Bottom Dweller

    Wow! Did I miss this one! I hope the parents contact me! Could you imagine, in one big swoop, 1 single act on the football field could destroy HS Football. As I see it jury. The officials,coaches,administrators,school district, teacher supervisors, and the state of California are all to blame in a court of law. We are not talking about the criminality of the situation but civil action against all those people. $$$$.. It might be enough to pay off the national debt. Excuse me while I consult my friend the catfish and draw up the paper work. Better yet maybe consult with Gloria Alred the top scumsucker in the U.S.

  • CarlsbadBulldog’98

    West Covina Bulldogs have always had a problem with our neighbors. We feel an inferiority complex when compared to Walnut, Covina, San Dimas, La Verne, and Glendora. We want what they have and we have never been able to achieve it. We lack class, dignity, and most of all we don’t know how to win unless we rub it in your face! That is the City of West Covina!

  • NINEteen95

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    I agree with Aram. He is 100% correct…

    “Our Valley’s ballplayers and families are made up of just about every race under the sun. Better to enjoy it for its uniqueness and not hate.”

    West Covina Bulldogs…you member KARMA…? You member. You better! Its a son of b**ch when it gets back to one of yours!

    Just look at what Bishop Amat is now going through. No CIF Championships since 1995! The Football Gods are watching…

    .

  • Bob

    Legal action ?? The parents of this kid did more harm then good by making this public. At JR’s 20 year high school reunion people will say ” That’s JR over there, remember when his parents wanted to sue that West Covina kids?”

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