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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two Brunswick County pee wee football coaches are being forced to take a knee before the season kicks off. Now one of the exiled coaches says he was blind-sided by the judge’s decision.

For Brian McDowell, football isn’t just a game, it’s a way of life.

“Anything I have coached or done I have done like I was told,” McDowell said.

But according to a lawsuit filed by Richard Hollar, McDowell’s passion for the game went too far when he tried to have his players injure Hollar’s son Kasey. Hollar also claims that the county violated its volunteer policy by letting McDowell and William Powell coach, because they have prior criminal records.

McDowell says these claims go beyond Xs and Os.

“The whole thing in a nutshell is that he would drop everything if we stepped down,” McDowell said. “I have no reason to step down. I haven’t done anything wrong, nothing intentional to his child or any other kids.”

Judge Ola Lewis saw things a bit differently when she upheld a temporary restraining order granted last week prohibiting the two men from coaching.

“I was one of the ones that started the football program,” McDowell said. “It’s something, you know, that’s took time from my family, my money, and it took time for me to raise money for kids that couldn’t afford to play, and now look where we’re at.”

McDowell admits he has made mistakes in the past. He has prior convictions for domestic violence and DWI. But he says he tried to be a role model to his players.

“That’s what I’m here for. I’ve got children, too, and it hurts him now that daddy can’t coach,” McDowell said.

Richard Hollar declined comment, because the case continues.

Powell has resigned from coaching pending the results of the lawsuit.

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vickie reeves
2016 years 2 months ago

I don’t need to go to the court house and read the record that so called fine lawyer as you say has already put it out there. And as far as the safety of the children I would entrust both of these men with my kids I can say my kids are my life and I do not let them go with just any body. And further more Brunswick County Court System in 1995 let a John Allen Martin walk away with 60 days in Jail after MURDERING my brother so as far as that goes the system can Kiss… Read more »

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2016 years 2 months ago

There have been two hearings on this matter, several affidavits collected, county policy and code of conduct reviews, and debate between two fine lawyers on this matter. At the end of the day it was a very well respected superior court judge who decided that Mr. McDowell should not be allowed to coach after she reviewed the facts in the case. It should further be pointed out that Mr. Powell withdrew his name before the second hearing took place.
So people who speak of hidden agendas and upset parents throwing their weight around, do what I did. Go to the… Read more »

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vickie reeves
2016 years 2 months ago

I have read some of these comments by people who have no idea what they are talking bout. There are two sides to every story. Let me give you some middle ground.
Some real facts about this case. I am a mother of four boys which all whom have played sports. And all have had there share on injuries. That was the chance we took when put Our kids in football. I realize the difference between a wife beater and drunk as you unknowing people have an opinion on. I watched these two men coach for years and… Read more »

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Experienced observer
2016 years 2 months ago

I do not know anything other than the information revealed in this article. But, as the parent of a recreational league and student athlete, uncle of a professional athlete and a sports official who has worked competitions from small children to the highest level where players had multi-million dollar contracts, I would like to suggest this man has an excellent opportunity to lead and teach by example. So many times I have witnessed the actions of passionate participants at sporting events breach acceptable levels. I expect the atmosphere at his son’s competitions could sometimes benefit from a parent who is… Read more »

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RCJ
2016 years 2 months ago

I think this is tragic! I personally know Mr. McDowell and Mr. Powell. This allegation is outrageous! I think it is an abuse of power by an attorney that has a hidden agenda. I have read some of these comments and it makes my stomach turn because I know how much the kids love these two coaches. Someone can’t be a role-model for kids because of some mistakes they made earlier in their life? REALLY? Nobody is perfect, BUT a lot of people THINK they are though. I want to know what kind of message this lawyer is sending to… Read more »

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