AREA COACHES REACT TO KIM BROOKS PROFANITY-LACED TIRADE: It’s not only the court of public opinion where opinions are running rampant on the actions of suspended La Mirada High School baseball coach and athletic director Kim Brooks, who was placed on administrative leave earlier this week after his profanity-laden locker room speech went viral. Local baseball coaches also have something to say about it and they weren’t holding back Wednesday while their colleague awaits the results of a Norwalk-La Mirada School District investigation into the matter that could cost the veteran baseball coach his job.
“First, I don’t condone what Coach Brooks said at all. Coach Brooks has never lacked for trying to bring out the best in kids. He’s a true baseball educator. He’s an athletic director, history teacher and when you get involved in teaching that long you have to have a passion for teaching and mentoring kids. He’s a legend there and his big fault is that he used inappropriate language and that’s not acceptable. There are a lot of words in the English language you can use and that he should have used differently.” — Bishop Amat baseball coach Andy Niteo.
“It sounded to me like a good, hard-nosed, old-school coach laying into his team. I think we all would like to hope that we didn’t use the language that sometimes comes out, but I’ve stood on a football sideline, too. Things happen in the heat of the moment. I took it as nothing more than a good coach being disappointed in his kids’ effort that day. I don’t think he was asking them to do anymore than wear the jersey with pride. The way he went about it obviously wasn’t perfect.” — Monrovia co-head coach Brad Blackmore.
“I played in an environment when I went to Azusa Pacific University where nobody swore over there, so I know coaches can be effective and not use that language. In today’s generation, I tell myself, If they were to play it back, would you be OK with it?’ And that’s just the reality of it, like it or not.” — Bonita baseball coach John Knott