Washington's Jimmy Lake under fire for pushing player in the facemask

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Washington football coach Jimmy Lake is facing scrutiny after he appeared to slap one of his players in the facemask and push him back toward the bench during the team’s loss to Oregon on Saturday.

Lake was seen running down the sideline at linebacker Ruperake Fuavai after the player had gotten into a skirmish with another Oregon player after the first-half kickoff. Fuavai was already on the sideline away from the play when Lake came rushing in.

Ruperake Fuavai of the Washington Huskies during the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Husky Stadium on Nov. 21, 2020, in Seattle, Washington.
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Washington head coach Jimmy Lake talks with field judge Jeffrey Yock and referee Michael Mothershed during the first half against Oregon, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Seattle.
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He contended he didn’t strike Fuavai.

“I separated them. I didn’t strike him. I separated them.”

Washington athletic director Jen Cohen released a statement on the incident.

Washington head coach Jimmy Lake during a game against the UCLA Bruins on Oct. 16, 2021, at Husky Stadium in Seattle. 
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“We are aware of an interaction between Head Coach Jimmy Lake and a student-athlete during the first half of Saturday’s game. We have high expectations of the conduct of our coaches and we are working to gather more information on this matter,” Cohen said, via The Athletic.

Fuavai is a freshman linebacker from Auburn, Washington.

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