High school baseball coach allegedly choked out player

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The varsity baseball coach at Indian River Central was arrested after being accused of choking out a player.

Police say 46-year-old Lloyd Kevin Smith of Theresa caused the 16-year-old to lose consciousness after performing a mixed-martial-arts maneuver before practice last Friday.

The team was allegedly practicing MMA holds when Smith walked into the locker room and attempted to show correct forms.

After being knocked out, the boy is said to have hit his head on a door before falling to the floor. He did go to practice but later felt ill and was eventually diagnosed with a concussion.

Smith was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. It’s not known if he will still be coaching at Indian River.

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