WHEAT RIDGE- The head football coach at Wheat Ridge High School has led one of the strongest programs in the state for years.
The school has won two state championships during Reid Kahl's tenure. But now, the Jefferson County School District says Kahl is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
According to the district, Kahl was placed on leave Oct. 29. The day before, Paul Busby, a former player and now senior at Wheat Ridge High, says coach Kahl sent him offensive messages through Facebook after Kahl read the school's newspaper.
"I was interviewed by the paper. They asked me how I felt about the Kahl's freshman son starting as quarterback and I spoke honestly," Busby said. "I just thought it was unfair to all the kids who didn't get the same opportunity, so to speak, and all the upperclassman who were good and didn't get to play. I didn't think anything I said was bad."
Busby showed 9NEWS the messages from Kahl's Facebook account. It reads in part:
"For a guy who has never contributed one thing to WR varsity football, your comment in the newspaper was BS."
Kahl's comments went on to say that Busby and his family make him want to "puke" and to "never affiliate yourself with WR football. You contributed NOTHING to the program."
9NEWS communicated with Kahl through text messages. He confirmed that he apologized and said, "I love my players past and present, and I love Wheat Ridge. But more so, I love my son."
The Wheat Ridge Farmers are scheduled to play their last regular season game on Friday. Coach Kahl is not expected to be on the sidelines.
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