LISTEN TO AUDIO: Legendary La Mirada baseball coach Kim Brooks on leave after explosive audio ripping his team

COMMENTARY: It wasn’t the foul language that made Brooks’ tirade so troubling. Every player who was in that room hears or says many of those same words every day at school, at practice, walking from class to class or at lunch. They hear worse in the music that blares from car stereos. They hear worse on a nightly basis on HBO or Showtime.

BROOKSMUST READ: By Dave Felton
Longtime La Mirada High athletic director and baseball coach Kim Brooks has been suspended by the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District after a profanity-laced audio tape of Brooks screaming at his team following a loss was released.

“I’ve been here a long time,” Brooks said calmly at the beginning of the recording, “and I will tell you that was probably the most PATHETIC (EXPLETIVE) BASEBALL GAME I’VE EVER SEEN A GROUP PLAY!”

The 17-minute recording features Brooks repeatedly cursing at his players, questioning their dedication to the program and inviting players to transfer to another school.

Note: Audio excerpt is two-minutes of a 17-minute profanity laced-tirade from coach Kim Brooks to his players following a game.

Brooks has his supporters on twitter, many of whom are using the hashtag, #freetheredman … Here is what a few have to say

The Brooks story is everywhere, including at the Houston Press, which had this commentary from one of its blogs. I don’t know much about Brooks, other than his mustache game is strong, his first name is unfortunate, and his passion for high school boys baseball is disturbingly unchained. Based on the audio below following an 8-4 loss on April 26 to something called a Los Osos, Brooks might also be currently trying to quit smoking because he seems more than a little peeved at his team’s performance in that game:

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  • Valley Athletics

    That is horrible . It must not be the first time if someone decided to record it. That is traumatizing for kids . It’s child abuse

    • reality

      Whats the problem? Child abuse lol. Tape any coach worth anything after a badly played game and you get the same thing. More looking for dirt.

      • Valley Athletics

        Verbal abuse is just as bad as hitting and if that was a divorced dad speaking like that to his kid and someone recorded it , what do you think would happen. He would be in big trouble . No difference here .

        • TheCloser

          This is old school coaching at its best. I would have no problem with my sons playing for this coach. The problem these days is that parents are raising trophy kids that can’t take care of themselves or be accountable. Good luck to the kids who recorded this…..I’m sure mom and dad will continue to micro manage their lives through adulthood.

          • Sports watcher

            I agree

        • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

          Hey Valley, Did you attend Penn State?? A little to much horseplay in the showers I guess… I guess you are motivated in a different way.

          • TheCloser

            I’m guessing Valley was probably traumatized from washing jock straps and towels when he served as a Team Manager back in the day. I guess the coach didn’t look too fondly on him leaving skid marks on some items.

          • Valley Athletics

            Another smack talker. Answer with your point without insulting . You don’t know me …be adult about it .

          • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

            Wow, you think valley was tough enough to be a team manager? He is by the way getting very sensitive with the truth here.

          • Valley Athletics

            really …sounds like you are one of those guys that got bullied and couldn’t handle the streets . Have to be behind a computer talking smack .

          • TheCloser

            Hiding behind a screen name, no sir, my name is Edmundo Barrera. I’m 6’3″ and once upon a time was a top 15 QB in CA as rated by Student Sports Magazine when I transferred to Bishop Amat. That was my 15 minutes of fame, never did anything in sports past that as I had sit my senior for CIF transfer rules.
            As far as tough coaches, my kids have played for some of the toughest yet considered some of the best out there. I’ll tell you a funny story about one. My kid was throwing a no hitter through 4 innings last year in a travel tourney in a tight game. My son walks the leadoff batter in the 5th. The coach calls time and tells my son he’s going to f#$%ing pull him if he walks the next kid and the momentum shifts to the other team. We get out of the inning and he throws a no hitter. The coach calls me on the way home and ask if my son told him what he said to him. I said no, he says he was just trying to make sure he was mentally tough and challenge him. I ask my son and he tells me the story. He laughs it off and he says that’s how coach is, it doesn’t bother me.

          • Valley Athletics

            To you I did not say anything about hiding behind a screen name . That was for johny with the penn st. Comments . I just told you not to insult me and reply with a point like an adult . You just answered very politely and like an adult with good points . That is how it should be .

          • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

            Truth hurts I guess Mr. Athletics… That is your real name right Valley? Talk about hiding behind a tag name…

    • sports authority

      Go get your torch. Run him out of town!
      This is locker room talk, dugout talk…..and it should never leave the room.
      Alas, the wussification of America

  • 12th man

    V.Stiviano is everywhere~

  • Nonsense

    I would have absolutely no problem with my kid playing for this guy, provided this type of outburst is limited to times when the kids need a kick in the a**.

  • Jastrab

    That was Patricio back in the day!

  • FredJ

    I used to ride in the back of my dad’s truck sitting on a lawn chair in the 80s … other friends sat on the tire wheels. We packed six or seven kids back there. Today you would go to jail for endangering kids if you did that. To continually say it was OK back in the day is ridiculous. This is 2014, you can’t go on a 16-minute FBomb tirade in front of 15-17 year old high school kids, you just can’t. There are other ways to motivate, you either get with that or lose your job being stubborn.

  • Michael Myres

    Both my boys played for this man, football and baseball for one. And only football for the other. They graduated in 2013. Both my boys love and admire this man. I have no problem with him, yes he can get a little over the top. But that’s just him, he really loves his kids. He goes out of this way to support them in the classroom and on the field. And my boys needed a kick in the rear end once in while. They are young men, not boys who will hear a lot worse and face bigger problems in the future. Thank you Coach Brooks for all you have done for my boys……Mike Myres.

  • Don

    Probably should have called Eckler for some tips before the clubhouse speech.

  • Outside Looking In

    I think the irony in all this is he’s mad about losing a fricken baseball game!!! Really??? Baseball??? How mad does he get when he loses a badminton match? “Anyone for tennis?”

    • Michael Myres

      Please report to the clubhouse for your participation trophy (after of course eating the orange slices and drinking your juicy juice box drink.) . Losing a game? No, Brooks doesn’t get mad about losing a game, he gets upset about bad attitude, lack of hustle, disrespect for the game.

      • Outside Looking In

        Again… Errrr baseball…. Bayyyyzballlll…

    • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

      This is coming from someone who probably was an only child, felt good about getting a trophy and came in last place, then went home and played ball ball with himself. In the famous words of coach edwards, you play to win the game! Why play if you are not going to go all out and try to win, yes at times there will be loses, but nobody tries to loose purposely, well there was that whole Pete rose thing back in the day but you know what I mean.

  • Lupe

    I don’t have a problem w/ the F bombs until he goes F you. Then and there he goes way over board. Hopefully he can keep his teaching job. I agree w/ the trophy kid comment and that players and parents have become over the top prima donnas. I know kids these days drop F bombs left and right,but you can’t tell a kid F You. In my opinion, some really quality coaches are just losing it trying to reach this entitled generation. (parents and kids included) More and more we will see teachers not risking there jobs to coach.

    • Wells

      Lupe — You have one of best opinions of the situation. There is a definite shift in parents attitudes regarding their children and their treatment (by coaches). Your last comment is the most accurate; as an example, look at the number of coaches that have stepped down in the past two years. So many quality coaches that are/were in the prime of their coaching careers.

      The AYSO mentality does not motivate very effectively at the HS level.

  • ie baller

    If you have to resort to that kind of language to motivate kids, you are failing as a coach. The people who are posting in support of this, you must speak to your kids that way to condone that. Please post some links of “old school” and I would say old school successful coaches going on f’bomb tirades. Not going to find very many.

    • sports authority

      Yeah, he has been such a failure – he has been a pretty damn successful coach.

      • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

        Most coaches who demand respect are succesful.

        • sports authority

          And by the amount of support he has he is very respected

    • Michael Myres

      How then is he one the most loved teachers and coaches at the school ?

    • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

      Hey Beaver! I think your mommy is calling…

    • TheCloser

      Not sure where you work at but this kind of language is used in backdoor corporate meetings as well. I once worked for a large private equity owned company that made a ton of EBITA/Cash. Coaches getting on me trained me to mentally deal with the corporate world. I never complain, I just go out and execute everyday. Thanks to all my coaches that made me the man I am today and for my parents for not trying to wipe my butt whenever I faced some adversity.

  • sports authority

    Parents: Oh my this terrible!! Now son, we will get rid of this monster
    Kid: Thanks Mommy. (As they put on their Beats headphones and listen to music with N-word, F-word and B-word.

    • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

      Maybe if these kids were taught more respect and hard work ethics from their parents this coach would not have to go get this pissed. Its the parents fault… These kids dont want to work for anything.

  • Jastrab

    Fred, I agree times have changed, but at what point do you say the use of the F-word is too far. Once, twice.. The funny thing I have noticed is that a Water Polo game there seems to be no argument or words said about a play or call, but go to almost any SGV football game and actually stand on the sidelines and you WILL hear the F world at least 5 to 10 times, not from a player, but from coaches….I see principals standing right there saying nothing…What is the line?

    • FredJ

      Cursing goes on and will always go on. Principals and ADs will look the other direction when the F-Bombs are screamed out. That’s sports and will always be part of sports, even at the high school level. But you can’t direct FBombs at players, tell them to get the F off your field, tell them if they don’t like it to F-ing transfer. You can’t go on and on for 16 minutes with FBombs over and over.. At some point it becomes abusive, it becomes belittling. It’s a judgment call on the use of language. It’s like arguing with an official, you have to know how far you can go before you get tossed.

      • Sports watcher

        It happens at Damien occasionally and no one bats an eye.

      • AMAT 73

        Fred J,
        What you should do is put up a poll as to those who see no problem with this and those who do . The key would be to also have a breakdown based on age groups . As Jastrab wrote , that was Patricio back in the day along with a few other AMAT coaches . I think with the older people who have gone thru this kind of blow up it’s ok and part of sports as we knew it . The younger people of the transfer if you don’t play or junior should start group are totally opposed . It’s just a different age now where that kind of lay it on the line thinking is no longer accepted . Today’s parent would sue the school or do what happened here . The sad part is the message was correct but the way it was delivered is not acceptable to many in today’s world .

  • Valley411

    Absolutely nothing wrong in what this coach says. The only thing is maybe a couple too many F-Bombs. But even with that I am reaching. Thats the problem with kids these days and parents. Kids are Pre-madonnas and the parents let them be that way. This coach I’m sure has alot of heart, pride, and passion for coaching at his HS and is tired of all these kids who think they dont have to work hard or display no pride in themselves or school. I would hope a coach would get on my kid like that if he was BS’ing his was through a game or practice.

  • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

    LOL!!! Ok… you redeemed yourself here. If he were the chess coach look out!