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More adults ruining it for the kids

July 10, 2012 - Steve Murch
Over the weekend there was a fight between a couple of parents down south after a Little League game over the music played over the loudspeaker. One parent took except to first the volume of it, then the song choice. And is always the case anymore, someone was able to capture these to mental midgets setting a good example for their kids by fighting about it.

There seems to be just enough of these incidents that we are almost numb to the stupidity of it all. Parents, who should A. know better, and B. be setting good examples for the kids, duke it out and proving once again that parents are the worst part of youth sports.

Then along comes something even more disturbing. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that a basketball coach from Wisconsin has been charged with battery after he punched one of his players, according to witnesses. The coach, a 47-year-old man hit a 17-year-old girl. GIRL.

Fred Freeman is alleged to have hit his player while the traveling youth basketball team was playing in Indiana.

“The victim told officers her basketball coach was verbally abusing her after the team lost their game,” Fishers police spokesman Officer Tom Weger told the AP. “She reported that during a verbal altercation he punched her in the face, threw her to the ground and got on top of her with his hands around her throat.”

According to the AP, “officers arrested Freeman afterward at a restaurant, he admitted to restraining the girl but claimed to have been the victim, Weger said. However, the parent of another player told officers she saw Freeman striking the victim.”

The story gets more bizarre,

A parent from another team “observed the suspect’s daughter yelling, ‘No, Daddy.’ The suspect then got up and threw the victim’s badge into (a) tree,” the report said.

This is beyond head scratching.

Is there really any more that can be said?


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