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Video: High School Baseball Coach Fired After 'Controversial' Speech

A pile of used baseballs in a dugout.

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Video has emerged showing the speech a high school baseball coach gave to his players that ultimately led to his firing.

Kenne Brown, the former baseball coach at Seminole High School in Florida, was reportedly fired earlier this month. The head coach was reportedly fired in part due to a vulgar speech he gave to his players after winning a championship.

“We got this (expletive) right here!” Brown says in the video. “Nobody else has it! It’s (expletive) ours! You showed up! You (expletive) played the game; you played it right; you never (expletive) panicked!"

Brown, who was in his first year as head coach during last season's state championship campaign, also pointed to one of his players and said he has "type 1 f---ing diabetes,” praising him for his performance.

WFTV in Florida had more details:

A district spokesperson told Channel 9 that Brown was fired as head coach because of past precedent, but couldn’t say what that precedent was.

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The video surfaced earlier this month, right before the start of the season.

Brown self-reported it to the principal, but he ended up terminated as head coach.

Brown was also reportedly suspended without pay for five days from his teaching job by the district for the profanity-laced speech to the team.

Brown took responsibility for his actions in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel.

“I take full responsibility,” Brown said. “I am not proud of the words that came out of my mouth; words that would make my mother very upset. What can I say? I was excited. I just want everyone to know my words weren’t derogatory; they were celebratory.”