Player's Dad Bit Basketball Coach's Ear Off, Police Say

Timothy Forbes bites ear basketball coachThe prospect of coaching a child's sports team has always been a risky proposition. A losing season, and you could become the most hated person in town. And while physical altercations involving players' parents are not an entirely new phenomenon, some apparently are taking it to a whole new level.

The loss of a son's sixth-grade basketball game might have been too much for one Springfield, Mass., father. Timothy Lee Forbes, 34, allegedly accosted the coach of his son's opposing team at the Holy Name School gymnasium on Friday night, say Springfield police. After punching him, Forbes then purportedly bit a part of the coach's ear off, local television station WWLP said.

Yesterday, Forbes turned himself in after reportedly fleeing the gymnasium. Forbes is being held without bail, pending a dangerousness hearing, says the Boston Herald.

The 10-to-12-year-old players were in the middle of shaking hands when the altercation occurred.

The victim of the attack, also 34, was rushed to the Baystate Medical Center emergency room. His name has not yet been disclosed. He was released from the hospital after his ear was successfully reattached, and will continue to receive medical treatment, reports NBC Connecticut.

The attack at the Holy Name School comes shortly after another purported incident of a parent engaging in disorderly conduct at a youth sports contest. A father of a Massachusetts high school girls field hockey team was caught earlier this month allegedly trying to blind the opposing team's goalie with a laser pointer, according to a report a Boston TV station.

"It's kind of like when you look at the sun and then you look away you see that spot and you can't see for a couple of seconds," Medway-Ashland goalie Kathryn Hamer told CBS affiliate WBZ-TV. "You shake your head and try to get it out of the system and just keep focusing, but it's difficult."

The laser-pointing father's identity has not been released, but he reportedly has been barred from attending all future games.

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All parents should be barred from youth sports. It obvious that most sports parents can't control their emotions. Most kids 5-18 play sports because its fun. What isn't fun are the parents. My kids have stopped playing sports all together because of the fights these parents conduct after losing a game. The kids act like adults and the parents act like kids, what's wromng with that picture?

March 14 2012 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What parenting technique is this? It's disgusting the attitudes, failings and behaviors of MANY American parents today. I can't wait to hear his excuses for THIS one. Talk about your anger management training. Bottom line people behave like this because Americans are becoming obsessivly spoiled and pampered and they would almost rather die or go to jail than be denied something they want or be called wrong. The worst thing is that every 10 years the children they are raising are getting 10 times worse in being overindulged. I heard 10 to 15 years ago THE biggest mistake parents were making is that they were praising EVERY TINY LITTLE thing their children did. As adults, these children were going to be completely unable to deal with not being the center of attention. I should have made a Las Vegas bet on that because every word that person said is coming completely true. And we wonder why America is in the mess it is right now? Just look at how Americans behave and there's you're answer. Now Obama, how are YOU going to fix it? You're worse than the rest of them with this problem.

March 14 2012 at 6:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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You are right on. People don't want to hear the word NO and if they do they say you are judging them. They don't want to have any rules or laws apply to them but they want the FULL BENFIT those laws provide. This political correct and self esteem garabge is destroying our country. There must be consequences for bad behavior and no one including me is excluded from those consequences. There is no freedom without justice and there is no justice without laws.

March 14 2012 at 6:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Bet you it tasted like chicken earlobe.

March 14 2012 at 4:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Another Sicko.............

March 14 2012 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

must be the son of Mike Tyson.....

March 14 2012 at 3:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Martin Luther King and his message are dead.

March 14 2012 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is the way we teach our children, teach our children, teach our children. This is the way we teach our children so early in the morning.

I don't even care if it was a professional basketball game, this kind of idiocy needs to stop. But, in this case, it is even worse because this is what we're teaching our children. How to deal with disappointment or defeat. These are sixth graders. You want to know why our children are bullying more and shooting each other? Have more aggression? Use violence as a first resort instead of last resort? Because this is the way parents are teaching their children. This guy should not only go to prison for assault, he should be made to do community service for a long time and repay the coach any out-of-pocket medical expenses to fix his ear. Get it together, parents. Because one day your little Johnny or Jane is going to do the same thing or worse and the blame is all going to fall on you. Except I'm sure you'll find someone else to blame. Take responsibility. Show your kids how to take responsibility and problem-solve correctly. And please, don't make an a** out of yourself like this man.

March 14 2012 at 2:34 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Why do some parents insist on acting like animals and treating amateur games as if they were a life and death situation? I have 5 children who have all been in sports and even played college sports. Yet, not once have I ever had a moment where I wanted to attack a player, coach, official, etc. Sports are to teach children how to play as a team member. Build character, to play with dignity and fairness and not to cheat. That by winning by cheating or by taking out the player who's the teams best, is not a win at all. You either play with honor and dignity, or don't play at all. The best lesson can be learned by our children. "IT'S ONLY A GAME." No one's life depends on it. It's to teach us lessons to be a honorable, honest, and play with dignity. So why do parents keep mucking it all up? It's appalling that parents take their anger and the game to a level where it ends up being more like the Gladiators? these parents should be ashamed and to never to be allowed to go to another sports event again. How does one get so angry at an 11-12 year olds game in the first place? There must be something seriously wrong with their head! As the kids say, "It is just a game."

March 14 2012 at 2:18 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
John Billingsley

Must have been hungry.

March 14 2012 at 2:04 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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