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Players React to Coach Mays' Arrest


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Monday night police arrested Antonio Mays for possessing a small amount of marijuana. This is the second time police have arrested a coach from this school in the past month.

Sharon Miller with the Waterloo Community Schools said Mays resigned as the school's football coach Tuesday morning. That's as far as they are commenting at this time. But his former players, are supporting their coach.

Players and students said Mays is tough on the field, and in the classroom.

Junior Wesley Bates explained, "he teaches that when things go wrong in school, or in life, that you need to take responsibility for your actions. And that's what he's doing right now."

Bates said Mays attended his first few classes Tuesday morning. But instead of their daily lesson plan, he explained to the teens what had happened the night before.

Bates added, "he started to tear up a little bit."

According to the arrest report, officers pulled Mays over for a common traffic violation. As they found a safe place to park, investigators claim the coach was making movements toward the center console. During questioning, Mays admitted to having marijuana in his pocket. Police also found a small amount in his car.

"The officer subsequently seized that, and mays was arrested for possession of marijuana," said Waterloo Police Department Interim Chief John Becker.

Mays signed on as the East High School football coach three years ago. He vowed then to turn the historically losing team into a winning one.

"You want to be competitive. You also want to be disciplined," he told KWWL in 2008.

Bates said Mays did change him and his teammates for the better. He's hoping his coach can get over this hurdle, and find his way back on the field. Either way, the players are supporting their leader.

"Until we know everything, that's still our coach. He'll always be our coach. So we'll just see what happens, and not only will we play for us, we'll play for Coach Mays," Bates noted.

Mays faces thirty days in prison, and a few hundred dollars in fines, if he's found guilty on the simple misdemeanor drug charge.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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