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Florida coach apologies for tirade that went viral

November 2, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Florida prep school basketball coach is apologizing for a profanity-laced tirade that went viral.

Mike Woodbury from The Nation Christian Academy in Port St. Lucie, Florida, tells the Portland Press Herald in Maine that, “I have to be a better person than that.”

The leaked audio spread online this week. Woodbury used harsh language and appeared to threaten to have the student returned to his native Haiti. Woodbury declared that he’s the “dirtiest, baddest” guy in the school and that the former player shouldn’t cross him.

A native of Waterville, Woodbury ran basketball club programs for nearly two decades in Maine and had a reputation for volatility. Several of his former players reported similar tirades, and two of his current players in Florida announced they’re leaving the program.

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