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Update: Little League video causes controversy

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VANCEBORO, N.C. - A little league coach, who is also the mayor of Vanceboro, is in the clear after being accused of shoving one of his players.

The incident was caught on camera last week.
    
The mother of 9-year-old Jordan Jones said coach Chad Braxton shoved and yelled at him during a game.
    
She asked the Twin Rivers Little League Board to suspend Braxton for at least one game. But in their statement, the board says, based on the facts of what happened, Braxton did not maliciously shove Jordan.
    
The mother asked that her son be placed on another team. The board agreed and will pay for his new hat and jersey.

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A video from a Monday night Little League game has created a lot of controversy.

The video depicts 9-year-old Jordan Jones stealing third base. But instead of sliding like his coach asked, Jordan stood up, eventually leaving the bag. His coach, Vanceboro Mayor Chad Braxton, then appears to have yelled at and pushed Jordan.

"I actually called the coach personally and I told him that was unacceptable," said Jessica Coward, Jordan's mother.

Coward says she thinks the coach deserves at least a one game suspension.

"If a player did that to another player, he would be suspended from a game," Coward said. "And I just think they should follow the same rules."

The Twin Rivers Little League Board met Thursday night to discuss the video and decide on what punishment if any would be necessary.  It was closed to the public.  The Board will reveal what they decide Friday.

Braxton denies having intentionally pushed Jordan with any force. He says he did nothing wrong.

"I love kids. I coach three sports. I got two kids of my own," Braxton said. "I've never actually intentionally hurt a kid. I mean that's ridiculous to event think of."

A meeting has been called by the local Little League board to review the incident and determine whether the coach should be punished.

Braxton says the whole thing has been blown out of proportion, and the allegations against him are false.

"I'm passionate about coaching. But there is a line that you can cross," he said. "But the threatening, the cussing, the hitting, is not my repertoire."
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