COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The removal of former Parks and Recreation director Tony Adams affected more than just council members at Tuesday night's meeting.
Young men who Adams taught and coached say they know the man behind the mug shot.
"Who doesn't know Tony, he touched not only me but a lot more lives on the southside of town," Travis said.
Travis first met Tony Adams when he was on his little league football team. He says Adams taught him the ins and outs of the game.
Steven Peterson a member of the Blazers youth basketball player said that Adams did the same for him. He now plays for Columbus State.
"He made sure I did my work, made sure I played hard, what more can you ask from a coach," Peterson said.
During Tuesday night's council meeting Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington explained that good people often make mistakes and bad decisions. In a heated argument with NAACP President Edward Dubose, Wetherington said that a dishonest employee has always been grounds for removal.
"I have fired a number of people for being dishonest when I was a police chief go back and check my records and see how many people I fired for being dishonest and not telling the truth and I'm too old to turn my back now," Wetherington said.
Six members of the council agreed with the mayor Tuesday night, voting to remove Adams from his position as director of Parks and Recreation.
Gary Whitfield who was also on the Blazers team coached by Adams says he does not understand what's going on with the case pending against his former coach.
"I can't speak on everybody else, they don't know him as well as some of us do," Whitfield said.
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