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