DENVER (CBS4) – Ozell Williams, the East High School cheerleading coach fired over his coaching methods, told CBS4, “What am I hiding from? What am I hiding for? I didn’t do anything wrong.”
The comments came in his first interview following the controversy which erupted in August, when videos were leaked that showed high school cheerleaders under his direction screaming as they attempted to perform “split stretches.”
While several of the student cheerleaders and their parents complained about the splits drill, most did not, and several told CBS4 they supported Williams and his methods and were not troubled by the drill.
Qusair Mohamedbhai, a Denver attorney who represents five of the East High school cheer families, released a statement Thursday afternoon disputing Williams’ contention that none of the girls were hurt.