A Colquitt County store is selling T-shirts to make a statement about the possible one-year suspension of Packers coach Rush Propst. (Source: WALB)
Coach Propst is appealing a one-year suspension recommended by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. (Source: WALB)
Coach Rush Propst head-butting one of his players has continued to stir up controversy six months after it happened. (Source: GPB Sports)
Shuga Foot Monograms Co-Owner Jeremy Paradice (Source: WALB)
COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) -
A video of Colquitt County Head Football Coach Rush Propst head-butting one of his players has continued to stir up controversy six months after it happened.
Coach Propst is appealing a one-year suspension recommended by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
Many people in the community continue to stand firmly behind the Packers coach, and there are T-shirts that say #FreePropst on sale at Shuga Foot Monograms in Colquitt County.
One of the owners of the store said that the Packer family fully supports Propst and won't let this put a dent in their pride.
Others in the Packer nation are shocked that these few seconds caught on camera are causing problems for their head coach.
"Everybody I've talked to thinks it's ridiculous," said Shuga Foot Monograms Co-Owner Jeremy Paradice.
Video of the incident shows the coach head-butting a student athlete, who was wearing a helmet, at the Colquitt County game against Mill Creek last December.
But this head-butt caused a lot more than Coach Propst's head to start bleeding, it also caught the attention of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. And on May 13, the commission sent him a letter, recommending a one year suspension.
"I didn't believe it. I didn't believe it," said Paradice. " I thought, that's crazy. No this is not really happening.'"
Propst has appealed the suspension, now the Packer family is coming together to support their coach.
And Shuga Foot Monograms is selling T-shirts to make a statement.
"We felt like it really captured the essence of what was going on and how we feel in our community," explained Paradice. "So we started offering these shirts as sort of a rally cry."
And so far, it's been a success, they've sold 50 shirts within 48 hours.
"We feel like this is not a Georgia Professional Standards Commission issue," said Paradice. "This is somebody that wants to make an issue because of who Rush is and how successful he's been."
Paradice said that he believes the entire suspension stems from jealously of the Packers' winning record and has no merit.
"This is ridiculous," said Paradice. "This is like, you're attacking us for just being better than you. Why don't you prove it on the field?"
Propst would not comment on the investigation.
PSC officials said that it could be months before Propst has his hearing before a judge, and for now, Propst plans to coach the team in the 2016 season.