ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A youth cheerleader, her coach, two other teens and the cheerleader's mother were all arrested after a brawl at the end of a youth football game in south St. Petersburg, police said.
Yolanda Jones was the only adult arrested after the fight at JC Turner Field in South St. Petersburg. Jones told police she was trying to protect her cheerleader daughter who had come under attack. The coach, who is also Jones' daughter, said she joined the fight too. "We started fighting, because that other girl didn't like my mouth," said Darricka Maddox.
It took ten police officers to end the brawl and restore order.
The home team Silver Raiders were playing a visiting team from Carrollwood, said stadium announcer Michael Taylor. "The game was fair, it ended without a problem," said Taylor.
As Taylor left the stadium, he saw police officers hauling away women and girls in handcuffs. "I don't know what would cause the cheerleaders, or a parent, to come back and [instigate] a fight," said Taylor.
It's the second brawl in recent weeks at a youth football game in Tampa Bay. Four people were arrested following a brawl in Sarasota last week.
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