The head coach of a pee-wee football team in Manatee County is no longer running his players through drills.
Edgard Theliar is accused of having marijuana packaged up and ready for sale.
The Manatee Broncos, including the pee-wees, practice for their games at the East Bradenton Park.
And it’s where Edgard Theliar used to be in charge of their drills. No more.
Last Thursday, Manatee County Special Investigations detectives busted former Manatee High school football standout Edgard Theliar.
Arrest paperwork spells out; Theliar ran a red light, Deputies smelled pot, confirmed it with a K-9, including several bags wrapped for sale. They also found a loaded hand gun and almost $3,000.
Parents at the Monday night practice were reluctant to talk about the coach’s arrest.
But one dad, who would not give his name, weighed in. “You got kids out here. You don’t want to teach kids. That bad. And got one, too,” he said.
Theliar told deputies, he was on his way to practice with pee-wee player uniforms. He didn’t make it.
“It’s disappointing because, again, a lot of kids in this area look up to Edgar. He’s been around in this area. He was a star football player in high school. Now he’s giving back in coaching the kids,” said Manatee County Sheriff Spokesman, Dave Bristow.
Nobody answered at Theliar’s Palmetto home. A family member called and said he’d call back. That didn’t happen.
Theliar bailed of jail on Friday. Parents said he is no longer part of the Manatee Broncos football program.