Ozell Williams

A popular Denver high school cheerleading coach has been fired amid allegations that he forced a 13-year-old girl into leg splits that resulted in a leg injury.

Ozell Williams was ousted as cheerleading coach of East High School in Denver, CO. on Friday, after disturbing video emerged showing him holding down freshman Ally Wakefield and forcing her into a leg split while she begged "Please stop."

Several cheerleaders are also seen in the video holding Ally's arms to prevent her from escaping.

Denver police are investigation the video and the allegations of child abuse against other cheerleaders.

Ally is an incoming freshman at East High School. Her parents say she suffered a leg injury as a result of the forced leg splits.

But Williams told the Denver Post that Ally's screams of "Please stop," were taken out of context.

“You can definitely say that what was in the video could be seen in a different light,” Williams said on Thursday. “I would love to tell my story, but I can’t say anything else at this time.”

KUSA-Channel 9 obtained eight cell phone videos of Williams forcing other cheerleaders into leg splits and each girl screams in pain.

Denver Public Schools superintendent Tom Boasberg suspended Williams and 4 other school officials, including his assistant cheerleader coach, the school's principal and assistant principal, and the Denver Public Schools’ deputy general counsel.

Williams was terminated on Friday.

“We do not and will not allow any situation in which a student is forced to perform an activity or exercise beyond the point at which they express their desire to stop," Boasberg said in a statement on Thursday.

Williams is a well-known instructor who is often seen doing backflips down the field during Denver Broncos games. He is the founder of the Mile High Tumblers club and he also appeared on America's Got Talent.

Williams has taken leave from teaching tumbling classes at Mile High Tumblers while the investigation is ongoing.

  • jazmine

    If you need to do splits and she can't do them why y'all let her on the team?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    You can tell by the other girls, that is the norm for that team.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Did she die though? That little brat better never ever try out for cheerleading again. Cheerleaders are limber and very flexible. They do a lot of dangerous stunts, twists, turns and back flips. Becky obviously didn't have what it takes, but due to her inherited entitlement she felt the need to try anyway. I've seen worse at gymnastic camps so I don't see the big deal. Gymnasts train way hard. I don't see their parents complaning.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Who does this? LOL like wtf. Didn't they see this child's face all twisted up?!

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Ally shoulda started swinging on they ass!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    And he got fired last year from a different school for doing the same thing. SMH
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/coach-fired-year-forcing-students-splits-article-1.3441153

  • Look@m3

    This is so crazy. I have never been a cheerleader but for some reason I feel like if this teacher was of another race they would not get fired and this method would be considered totally normal or if it was a black girl it wouldn't be so alarming. SMH.

  • Pamela

    Black man, you should have known better. You can't slip, not even for a second. This is American.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Thank you! Gymnastic coaches are tougher . Ballerinas train hard too! Have you seen their feet!? Goodness.

  • Look@m3

    Yeah I have seen their feet I used to always think those shoes had cushion in it and I never understood why their feet looked like that but Ally has ruined it for everyone now. It was probably a set up anyway. She might have to find another school to go to...

  • Trey

    He should have known better...and why the hell was this filmed???

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Smh...Never film the practices at any camp. You don't see gymnastics or other sports filming the way they conduct a practice.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    OUCH.

  • Dee

    He is going to jail this time SMDH

  • bemetoo

    but they do this all the time in dance cheerleader and gymnastics.. how else will they be flexible and practicing dack sucking and sex positions

  • Wreckognize Game

    I shouldn't have laughed at this as hard as I did. ??Church finger up, I'm leaving the room for a moment

  • bemetoo

    lol its the truth

  • You Could Never

    Good for him. For the folks saying this is normal, no the hell it's not. I'm the aunt of a life long cheerleader. She started when she was 4. All star, school level, college. She was a tumbler/flyer. She is now 28 and a cheer AND conditioning coach now in her spare time while her and husband are in Germany. I would be livid and I would have been waiting on this nigga out back after practice. And believe me we have had to get some coaches together the past 24 years

  • darealwifey

    Big Dummy. smdh He gone learn today. They don't tolerate a bm putting his hands on a young, white girl. Period. They should've stopped, but he should've known better. They fired errrr'body at that dayum school. smh Meanwhile, a grown man can literally pick up a young black girl and physically toss her across the room, and all you hear is crickets. Gotta love double standards.

  • Lisa daniels

    This why HAS said if you can't do a split , don't bother trying out..

  • Lisa daniels

    Ballerina has bunions, corns and planters feet and warts sometimes too.

  • You Could Never

    Right. Enough limber girls outchea without all of this.

  • Waya Hedia

    America.
    And no, he was an idiot for not knowing that some people can NOT force their bodies into a split without damaging them. He's a tool.

  • Waya Hedia

    Don't be racist now.

  • Tammie Reed

    Im sure he knew that was coming!

  • Lisa daniels

    They parents see them Olympics trophies.????

  • Lisa daniels

    She probably complained and got let on the team.

  • Karen Brady

    I hate pain and feel for anyone experiencing it but if Auntie don't find another pic of this little white girl.. I don't want to see her gums no mo.

  • Coy little wink

    He kinda favors Kevin hart...is he pre-midget too?

  • Look@m3

    Whet?

  • sunni_daze

    He should have just cut her from the sqaud if she didn't have the skill.

  • Karen Brady

    oh SSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHYYYTT
    I saw the response below so came up to read your post and I am laughing so freakin hard right now... I want to give you a prize for the week!!!!

  • Karen Brady

    No come back... cuz this is toooo good.. I almost choked on my damn saliva I laughed out loud so hard.

  • Karen Brady

    Yes now Mrs. Carter is not trained in ballet as far as I know but she has said that her feet are cracked and bleeding at times. *shudder*. Poor Mrs. Carter.

  • Karen Brady

    LMAO

  • Karen Brady

    Hunty that face gets me every damn time. I feel bad for laughing but come on now. Surely there's another pic.

  • Karen Brady

    That's it now. On Fridays ya'll cut up too damn much for me. I done read top to bottom and worked my way back up. talkin bout pre-midget.

  • Noirluv45

    No one should've put their hands on this child. Like other's said, if she couldn't cut it, cut her from the squad. However, I can't help but think about the Black girl, a year or so ago, thrown out of her seat in her classroom by a boy in blue, yet 1. Nothing happened to him, of course; 2. The girl was accused of misbehaving; and 3. The girl videotaping it got in trouble too. My point is: Something bad happens to them = hell to pay. Something happens to us = crickets.

  • You Could Never

    Pre midgie. Who are you? I give up. But for sure know this font. Crine???

  • NicoleZee

    Praise God! The coach and everyone else that forced any child to do splits needs to be prosecuted, given jail time, and never allowed to work with kids ever again in life. I can't stand sickos that hurt kids!!! Sick bastard!

  • MissHarlem

    No fcks allocated for this ??

  • Karen Brady

    LMAO.

  • Fire & Ice

    Lawwwd I just hollered ???. "Pre midget"

  • Coy little wink

    ?

    Recall my daughter wanted red bottoms for prom...u suggested offer up....

  • Fire & Ice

    ????

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Then her entitled parents would've cried foul. They would've pulled their non existant race card too.

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  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy
  • Arctic

    If this Coach were white this wouldn't be an issue, if this girl were Black this wouldn't be an issue. We are raising our kids to be soft as baby sh!t, for the school to say "we don't push our students pass a limit they don't want to go", well hell we will have lazy ass kids.

  • bemetoo

    lol thanks

  • On the radar….

    Why the fawk was she on the damn team?

  • Shawty

    I thought one of the criteria's for being on a team was being able to do a split. When I was trying out, you had to know how already. Why did she make the team not being able to do the things that are required? Makes no sense to me!

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Yeah he is he about 5 ft 4 inches looking like a lawn jockey...

  • You Could Never

    Ha! Yasss

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Nah he got fired for doing this to a black girl last year....

  • On the radar….

    Makes no sense to me either.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    LOL it's absurd as hell!

  • Cricket404

    He should have had a policy of no cell phones. I'm not supporting this but I will say that maybe she wasn't cut out for cheer.

  • Karen Brady

    See. I just read this and busted out again. Don't make any damn sense. But Happy Friday! :-)

  • Victor Nathan

    affirmative action

  • On the radar….

    ?you might be right, hmmm

  • Lisa daniels

    Who?

  • DisGuess

    This is like a hazing(to me)....as a coach you know your teams strengths and weaknesses(if this was an area where she was lacking....why wasn't something else introduced or encouraged? I am so mad at the other girls on the squad for holding her down too(as women they should know better)He is insensitive and a despicable brut for doing that. SMH. These schools pride themselves on stellar sports teams and cheerleading is apart of that(they get a lot of endowments from sports)...they only care about being the best.

  • Karen Brady

    She said her feet will bleed for the beyhive honey. .

  • http://www.beautyisland.weebly.com Indigo

    Cheerleading camp was brutal in High School. Pom pom camp was too. Getting up at 6:30 to run and hard work all day. But NEVER seen anything like this!

  • Mo Mobetta

    It is not a requirement that you know how to do the splits.. gtfoh

  • Mo Mobetta

    That's not true and this was a cheer camp.. smdh

  • Mo Mobetta

    You can tell when all people read was the headline.. and who sits there and thinks that every cheerleader is required to do a split is a bigger fool than him

  • SweetTEE

    Seems like to me that they probably had to. I went to an all black high school, but we always had the token white person on every team, even when they couldnt cut it.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Male cheerleaders probably enjoy having their legs forced apart, but if he did that to my daughter....

  • Lisa daniels

    Oh. ??

  • dontgetblocked

    It takes one crying Becky to take down a black man...even a gay black man. His flipping days are over. He's going to have to get a real job now. Put his hands on that white girl. He should have known better.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    This man was just too talented for them to leave him alone. Coach, doing back flips at games, owner of tumbling squad.... Yep, that ni**** gotta go.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    I think you got the wrong body part.?

  • On the radar….

    I didn't say it needed to be a requirement. I said 'Why the fawk was she on the damn team?'.

  • AQUEEN

    Welp there goes the neighborhood ?????

  • Blue

    Lord, forgive me for laughing at the pic up top. I wanna make it in. ?

  • Coffee1st

    He got too comfortable.
    We can never get too comfortable.

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly .. that why black people need to take care of themselves amd stop including people in stuff. Shes white now the man gotta go? For something she wanted wow

  • Jussjess25

    Thank you very much! When are black people going learn to leave these white people alone and stop trying to imclude them im every dam thing ? Its so annoying

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    It's a family blog. I didn't want to be too graphic. ?

  • Angela Flowers

    Yet, at the same time, if the coach was white and the girl was black, it would be an issue though.

  • Angela Flowers

    I think it was filmed as an outcry from the cheerleaders. They had previously reported it but nothing was done. They needed this video as proof. Although this was done to the black girls also, I think they "needed" the white girl to be the "face" of the tape if you get what I'm trying to say...it worked, the outrage was there and the justice was swift.

  • MistaO

    They may come to regret firing him before all info on these camps is in.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    ?...I know right!

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Mama work at the school or sumtin.

  • Lisa daniels

    Like I said she complained and if Mom works at the school then she had to that this been going on so this was planned.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    I used to be a ballerina. We are literally standing on our toes. We do toe exercises to strengthen our toes. If you look closely at ballerinas they never stay on their toes for longer than a few seconds unless they are leaning on their partner...that takes the weight off of their toes.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    I agree. They wanted that ni*** out.

  • Lisa daniels

    Yep. They plotted and schemed.

  • Saphistication

    They just should've told her that age wasn't flexible enough for the team.

  • Layah Jhene

    White folks can end your whole career and life. Negroes are hard headed but love being up under them. Our people never learn.

  • lovelytori

    NO PAIN NO GAIN!

  • ThaRealist StudioGangster

    That lil turd just need to stay attached to the nipple for the rest of her life. Not fit to do anything that has a lil toughness to it.

  • sunni_daze

    True