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Havelock player singled out on flyer arrested on alcohol, drug charges

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Clarification: Rossi was charged by citation. 

A Havelock High School football player, whose coach publically singled him out for under-performing last week, has been arrested.

9 On Your Side has learned Aron Rossi faces criminal charges for possession of alcohol and drug paraphernalia.
     
Rossi was one of two Havelock High School football players named on a flyer head coach Jim Bob Bryant posted outside his office last week.
     
The flyer was addressed to college coaches and it read, "These guys will not do what it takes to be a great player."
     
Rossi's mother told 9 On Your Side Friday she has removed her son from Havelock High School.         
     
Court records show Rossi has a court date set for June 20th.

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College coaches. They're two words that top a flyer posted at Havelock High School.
     
Head football coach Jim Bob Bryant posted it on the wall of his office in the field house to send a message that singles out two of his players.
     
And it's kicked off controversy for the state championship program.

High school coaches are known to dish out a little tough love every once and awhile. But a photo of that flyer is now viral and has one of the boy's parents saying the coach went way too far.

When Jennifer Rossi's son, Aron, showed up to Havelock High School Thursday, she said the flyer was posted at the school's field house.
 
"There was a poster on the coach's wall saying he wouldn't talk to any college coaches regarding these students. And it had one other boys name and then it said #10 Aron Rossi," said Jennifer Rossi, mother.
 
The sign posted by Bryant said, "These guys will not do what it takes to be a great player."
 
"I guess I was just embarrassed. I didn't know what to do about it," said Aron Rossi, Havelock High senior.
 
Coach Bryant confirmed to 9 On Your Side he did post the sign, but didn't return our calls for further comment by air time.
 
But Rossi said Bryant told her he had good intentions, "He expressed how he wasn't trying to humiliate Aron, he was trying to motivate him to be the best he can be which, I get, but it wasn't motivating."
 
Instead of sending a powerful message, Aron said it became a joke. Word of the sign spread quickly around the school, particularly through social media.
 
"I got calls. People started calling me. I got messages off of Facebook," he said.
 
Rossi admitted her son isn't perfect, but said he doesn't deserve to be a target. She came to 9 On Your Side because she said she doesn't want it to happen to another child.
 
"I don't think any child deserves anything that makes them stand out and make them look bad to their peers," said Rossi.
 
Friday afternoon, the Rossis said they've resolved everything with coach Bryant and that he has apologized.

A little tough love might have crossed the line, but they said they don't believe coach Bryant was trying to be malicious.
 
"I'm not going to lie. He's a good coach and he's gotten me through a lot," said Aron Rossi.

"In any situation you always have to find the lesson learned," his mother agreed.

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