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Youth Football Coach Shot & Killed By Opposing Coach During Scrimmage


Yaqub Talib is accused of shooting and killing a coach at a youth football game in Lancaster Saturday night.

Police said it happened just before 9 p.m. at the end of a game between Dragon's Elite Academy and North Dallas United at Lancaster Community Park.

The TMZ video shows a confrontation between coaches and the referee, then the coaches from opposing teams begin to fight.

Investigators say Talib pulled a gun and opened fire, killing 43-year-old Dragons Elite Academy Coach Mike Hickmon.

Family and friends said the shooting happened in front of several children, including Hickmon's 9-year-old son.

Yaqub Talib is the brother of Aqib Talib, a five-time Pro Bowler who announced his retirement in 2020. Aqib Talib was named last month as a contributor for Prime Video's "Thursday Night Football." Aqib Talib was on the field when the shooting occurred.

Dragons President Mike Freeman told ESPN, “I don't know how to explain it to the kids. That's the part that I'm stuck on right now. How do I explain it to them? Why? This is something that these kids will remember for the rest of their life."

Jason Whitlock at The Blaze writes “you’re unlikely to see a “say his name” campaign focused on Mike Hickmon” because “Corporate media has made it taboo to discuss the cultural rot at the root of black men randomly killing each other.”

Whitlock writes:

"Hickmon is unworthy of the kind of deification corporate and social media reserve for heroic black men harmed while resisting arrest. Hickmon is no George Floyd, Michael Brown, Daunte Wright, Rayshard Brooks, Jacob Blake, or Eric Garner.
Hickmon was a father, husband, active local church member, a former running back at the University of North Texas, and a little league football coach…
The atrocity that befell Mike Hickmon illustrates a problem plaguing black neighborhoods that we’ve been groomed to ignore. It’s racist to discuss the self-hatred that provokes black men to cavalierly settle disagreements with gun violence.
According to approved media wisdom, the random, senseless murder of black men by other black men within black communities is a proximity crime that can only be solved by money, integration, and the passionate affection of white people…
Mike Hickmon, a college graduate, a father, a husband, an active member of his church, a volunteer football coach, meets all the criteria to be regarded as a pillar of his community. But he’s no George Floyd.
That speaks to a deadly cultural rot."

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