WATCH: It appears the Westshore Rebels’ head coach Charly Cardilicchia crossed the line on social media. The VI Raiders, among teams targeted in online comments, reacted to his apology Wednesday.
ORIGINAL STORY: The head coach of the Westshore Rebels is apologizing to rival teams for disparaging comments made in recent Facebook posts.
“Recently I made statements on my personal Facebook page and to potential recruits that were critical of other teams, coaches and players in the British Columbia Football Conference. My statements were not true, inappropriate and irresponsible on my part as a leader of a team in the BCFC,” Charly Cardilicchia said in a statement Wednesday morning.
“I take seriously my role in the conference and regret putting the Westshore Rebels in this situation. I apologize to the VI Raiders, Okanagan Sun, the players and coaches I specifically mentioned, as well as the member teams in the BCFC.”
Cardilicchia, who is in Ontario on a recruitment mission, has taken down the posts.
B.C. Football Conference (BCFC) Vice President of Media and Business Development Blake Roberts says the league directed Cardilicchia to make a public apology for the comments and post a bond that will be returned at the end of the year if no other incidents occur.
Roberts says officials from other BCFC teams were calling for Cardilicchia to be suspended, but the conference determined an apology and bond as an acceptable penalty.
The amount of money for the bond is being kept private.
Cardilicchia also apologized to the Rebels’ organization, coaches and players.
“As your head coach, I let you down. It won?t happen again.”