Deputies called when coaches square off at Ga. softball game

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 7:40 AM
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JEFFERSON, Ga. -- A heated dispute between coaches at a weekend girls’ softball tournament near Athens resulted in the ejection of two opposing coaches and the forfeiture of the tournament’s championship game, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office report.

Deputies were dispatched about 9 p.m. Saturday to Lamar Murphy Park, where a tournament official said he had to physically restrain two of the men coaching in the girls’ 10-year-old league. The tournament was put on by a private tournament company and wasn’t part of any county league, said Jackson County Recreation Department Assistant Director Cathy Robinson.

One of the coaches, ejected by a 22-year-old tournament official, told the official, “It will take someone much bigger than you to make me leave.” The other coach grabbed a bat during the dispute, but did not directly threaten anyone, witnesses told deputies.

A deputy spoke to the coaches off the field, and one admitted to reacting inappropriately “in the heat of the moment.” The other coach said he became upset when opposing coaches loudly protested the age of a player on his team.

Robinson told the deputy she wanted the two coaches ejected for the duration of the tournament, at which point one of the teams forfeited the championship game. Both teams then left the field, according to deputies.

Robinson noted that only the two coaches were asked to leave the park, and it was the teams’ choice not to play the game.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/05/13 - 06:45 am
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Quell a fracas

heh hehe heh....I like the way that sounds...

Nice going ADULTS---that will teach the younguns how to behave.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/05/13 - 06:49 am
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Daughters

I suppose it's hard when you are a sport's fan and have daughters.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 06/05/13 - 07:02 am
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It is just a game and means

It is just a game and means nothing in the big picture. I do not understand why people get so upset. Childish.

David Parker
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David Parker 06/05/13 - 07:08 am
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Good Grief!

It's about peanuts and crackerjacks Coach!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/05/13 - 08:25 am
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Looks like Greenbrier are not

Looks like Greenbrier are not the only ones that don't know how to behave at a sporting event.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/05/13 - 08:46 am
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Nice example

Imagine how your kids are going to behave after seeing you do this. You are blighting their futures - they will act the way they see you act and their future teachers/bosses/spouses will give them short shrift as a result.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 06/05/13 - 02:25 pm
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Yeah, way to go coaches!

Yeah, way to go coaches! Thanks for your part in putting more ignorant, argumentative, selfish, bully-buttheads into this world!
HOPEFULLY their parents can teach some sense and manners to them before they actually contribute to our society.

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Fiat_Lux 06/05/13 - 01:56 pm
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This is the kind of thing that calls for public stocks

These two losers deserve public humiliation for their atrocious public behavior and for contributing to character weakness among their players.

I'd show up with rotten eggs and fermented fruit. Heck, I'd pay just to hurl insults at them face to face.

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