School district investigates complaint against Pinellas Park coach

Complaint surfaces involving the Pinellas Park football coach and St. Pete's band.
Kenny Crawford says there is no merit to an investigation into a halftime incident between him and the St. Petersburg band. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
Kenny Crawford says there is no merit to an investigation into a halftime incident between him and the St. Petersburg band.SCOTT KEELER | Times
Published October 22 2015
Updated October 22 2015

Pinellas Park football coach Kenny Crawford is being investigated by the Pinellas County Schools Office of Professional Standards after a halftime incident last week at St. Petersburg.

"I can say that the Pinellas Park coach is part of an ongoing investigation," said Lisa Wolf, public information officer for Pinellas County Schools. "We are in the process of gathering testimony about the incident, which involved the coach and the St. Petersburg band. We can't go into detail until the investigation is complete."

The two sides allegedly exchanged words after Pinellas Park players started stretching on the field while the band was still playing.

According to Crawford, the band continued to play past its allotted time. Crawford, who has been the head coach of the Patriots six years, said he was asked to move his team closer to the end zone and he complied.

"We didn't do anything wrong," he said. "We were asked to move and we moved. I'm not too worried about it."

Wolf did not have a timetable for the investigation's completion.

St. Petersburg band director Cameron Vaadi declined to comment about the incident.

Pinellas Park, which beat the Green Devils 20-8, plays at East Lake tonight. Crawford will be on the sidelines.

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