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The director of the school and the coach express themselves on the “lingerie” and the “pillow fights” of the journalist’s flag football


SMITHS STATION, Alabama (WRBL) –An Alabama sports reporter covering Smiths Station High School and Hewitt-Trussville during Wednesday night’s Alabama high school athletic association flag football championship has come under fire.

Parents, coaches and school leaders say they are outraged after the journalist posted a Facebook post sexualizing female athletes. The group is urging the AHSAA to ban the journalist from all secondary school activities.

Smiths Station’s double-overtime loss in Alabama’s first-ever high school flag football state championship was heartbreaking. Coach Megan Larsen says her team left everything on the pitch.

“As much as I wanted to get a win that night, I left with an even better feeling of having a team of future Presidents, CEOs, Senators and all of the above,” Larsen said.

The loss has always been painful and was followed by another punch when Coach Larsen said concerned parents began alerting him to a social media post that has since been deleted. Coach Larsen said as the athletes made high school history, freelance sports reporter Bill Lumpkin III, who was covering the game for AL.com from inside Birmingham’s Protective Stadium, posted photos of the athletes on the pitch on her Facebook page with the caption: “Why does covering the flag of girls’ soccer make you think of soccer in lingerie and pillow fights?” “

News 3 has contacted Bill Lumpkin III for comment. We haven’t heard from him.

“In a time when self-image and body image are so important that someone talks about it that way, to think of them as a lingerie pillow fight absolutely disgusts me. It made me angry to think that any of my daughters would be looked at that way while they were trying to play sports. It hurts my stomach to know he was standing on the sidelines, ”said coach Larsen.

Smiths Station High School principal Brad Cook said that as soon as the Alabama High School Athletic Association sanctioned flag football, he and coach Larsen made sure the sport was another opportunity for women in ” excel in the field and be taken seriously as student-athletes.

“It has definitely tarnished what they worked so hard for and this moment. To really show who they are and what kind of athlete they are, and what character they have. For him, making that statement was deeply hurtful for the girls and how hard they worked all year, ”Cook said.

Coach Larsen, the chef and the parents immediately reached out to AL.com. Coach Larsen said Al.com senior content director Izzy Gould has apologized.

“We received an email alerting us to the position in question. We have addressed this issue internally and will look to work with other independent reporters for the remainder of the playoffs, ”Gould told News 3 in a statement.

Meanwhile, Principal Cook is hopeful the AHSAA stops Lumpkin from covering all high school sports.

“It made me crawl defiantly, talking about my kids here. And compare them to lingerie and football. I think it was a disturbing comparison about children, ”Cook said.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association told News 3 it has no comment on the situation.

Meanwhile, Coach Larsen, Principal Cook and the parents are committed to ensuring that the student-athletes, who saw the post, are taken care of. Coach Larsen hopes Lumpkin will issue an apology. But, while Larson is ready to offer her grace, she never wants to see Lumpkin on the sidelines of high school.

“I think the Alabama High School Association has done a great job this season in making our sport such an exciting and fun new sport and so important to girls. To this man, it was as if a pillow fight was very insulting to what they were doing. For me, I would never want to see him on the sidelines of an Alabama High School Athletic Association event again, ”said Larsen.

Coach Larsen says his number one goal is to protect the players. His second is to build a flag football dynasty at Smiths Station High School. There is already talk of expanding the program and adding a university junior team.

News 3 will let you know if we receive a comment from Lumpkin, whose signature remains on the web story for AL.com’s coverage of the AHSAA Flag Football State Championship.