Mike Woodbury is the owner of Nation Christian Academy, a private school in Florida. Audio of Woodbury delivering a profanity-filled tirade to one of the players on the school's basketball team, Marvens Petion, has recently surfaced on YouTube.
In the roughly three-minute clip, he can be heard calling Petion the, "dirtiest, baddest motherfucker in this program," and "retarded" among other unnecessary things.
"Take your broke asses – I’ll say it again – your broke asses back to the garage. I don’t want to hear from you. The bottom line … get the fuck out. Just walk the fuck out. I don’t give a shit. I control transcripts. I control where you go next. It could be back to Haiti, motherfucker. That’s how easy it is for me," he said.
Woodbury's inappropriate rant didn't stop there either. He continued, "I’m going to fuck you in your ass next time you’re out of line. I’m going to take everything from you. I’m going to end everything you’ve ever had."
He has since addressed the profanity-filled comments. "I own that 100 percent," he told Stadium. While the YouTube clip of the incident only lasts three minutes, Woodbury says it went for about 35. He also said he regrets what he did (sort of). "Yes and no. I regret the fact I tried to be a father figure. It hurts my heart."
Petion, a second year player for the school, was allegedly targeted by Woodbury for numerous incidents that included finding alcohol in his room, theft, and cutting class. The player has denied all of the allegations his coach has made against him.
Following the incident, Petion left the school. He now attends West Oaks Academy, another Florida school. Apparently, Woodbury isn't making the transfer easy for his former student. Petion alleges that the Nation Christian Academy CEO tampered with his transcripts, resulting in him currently having a 1.4 GPA. Woodbury maintains that it was simply an error, and that Petion had a "B" average during his time at the school.
Since the clip has surfaced, multiple former players have come forward saying they have witnessed Woodbury verbally abuse players and even parents during their time at the school. Nation Christian Academy has since been removed from the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association, its Florida private school league, as a result of the incident.
Most recently, Woobdury has issued an official statement on the encounter via Twitter.
"First, I want to apologize for the vulgar language that was used in the video that has been circulating around. I have had this particular student for a year. He is like family and sometimes family arguments get blown of of proportion," he said. "The comment about 'returning to Haiti' was not a threat, but to make the student aware that his criminal behavior would risk him being sent. Despite all of what is circulating, I still wish this student nothing but the best in his future endeavors."