The head coach and the league president who presided over the 2011 Tustin Junior Pee Wee Red Cobras football team have been suspended, pending an investigation by National Pop Warner into allegations of a bounty program first reported in The Orange County Register.
"In light of new information and players coming forward who did not participate in the league investigation, National Pop Warner will intervene to further investigate the alleged bounty program in Tustin Pop Warner," said Executive Director Jon Butler.
"We will assign a local designee who is not affiliated with the association to lead the investigation and will work closely with the Wescon Region and Orange Empire Conference to ensure the safety of our participants and the integrity of the Pop Warner program. We take this matter very seriously and have asked Tustin Pop Warner head coach Darren Crawford and Tustin President Pat Galentine to step down until this situation is finalized."
The Tustin Red Cobras, a team of mostly 10- and 11-year-old players, advanced to the Pop Warner Super Bowl in 2011. They finished the season with a 12-1 record.
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