Friday Night Tykes is the controversial new reality TV show about youth football. Scenes show eight and nine-year-old kids taking blows to the head. Some kids were forced to practice in 99-degree heat for in-your-face coaches.
Online reaction to the show has reached fever pitch, with comments like: "this is sick,” and "I gotta wonder who would let their kids play for these coaches."
Former New Orleans Saints offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley tweeted: “So disgusting.”
INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent spoke via Skype to Brooke de Lench, Executive Director of Moms Team, a non-profit group that promotes safety in youth sports.
Trent asked, "I can't imagine, considering what you advocate, what your reaction was?"
She said, "My reaction was being totally appalled. I physically wanted to jump into the screen and throttle the coaches."
In the show, one youngster was left crying and disoriented after a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit.
One eight-year-old named Colby fought back tears during a gruelling practice in the intense Texas heat. Now get this—he was actually encouraged by his coach to throw up so he can continue the workout.
A spokesman for the NFL calls Friday Night Tykes "troubling to watch."