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Dothan City Schools officials suspended Wolves head football coach Jed Kennedy on Monday for one week after he shoved a volunteer assistant coach to the ground during a game Friday against Opelika. 

According to WSFA, Dothan City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dennis Coe said at a press conference Monday that this was an “isolated incident and not indicative of the true character of Coach Kennedy.”

Coe said Kennedy would have “personal, professional and financial consequences” for the incident, and any further behavior of this nature would result in “more extreme measures,” according to WSFA.

In a video posted on social media Friday night, Kennedy appears to throw the assistant coach to the ground in response to a flag being thrown by a referee for sideline interference after the assistant coach apparently stepped onto the field and hindered the official running down the field.

According to Auburn-Opelika News, Kennedy and the volunteer assistant were seen interacting on friendly terms after the game Friday night. 

“On Friday night, I made a mistake I will never forget, a huge mistake, and there is no excuse for it,” Kennedy said at the Monday press conference. “I have apologized to those involved and taken measures to ensure they will not happen again.”

Dothan defeated Opelika 14-7 Friday night. 

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