The NFL has seen the preview for the Esquire Network's crazy youth football reality show, "Friday Night Tykes"
. . . and a spokesperson says it's, quote, "definitely troubling to watch."
The show is about an elite, VERY serious, independent youth football league in Texas, where the players are eight and nine years old. And the coaches are VERY tough on the kids.
One tells his players to, quote, "Rip their freaking heads off and let them bleed." Another coach smacks a player in the head, while telling him, quote, "Don't give me that soft crap." The preview also shows multiple hard, helmet-to-helmet hits.
But a rep for the network says the show is SUPPOSED to be controversial.
She says, quote, "We believe it brings up important and serious questions about parenting and safety in youth sports, and we encourage Americans to watch, debate and discuss these issues." The show premieres next Tuesday night.