The PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS reports that last Saturday at a girls youth basketball game in suburban Philadelphia, Mitch Williams “cursed at a female referee who was calling a basketball game in which his daughter, a fifth-grader, was playing.”
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Williams thought his daughter was getting repeatedly fouled with no calls coming from the official. So, as any right-thinking parent who gave up a World Series-winning home run would do, he dropped an f-bomb on the youth league official.
Williams, who is also (now tentatively?) set to host the Phillies pregame show on a local radio station when the season opens next month, said, “I’m emotional when it comes to my kids. What I saw happening was completely unfair.”
Ron Martin, oversees officiating for the league and said that for future games, if Williams “is going to appear at any games next year, we will not officiate them. If he enters the gym in the middle of a game, we will stop officiating.”
Sounds pretty drastic if Williams only uttered one expletive. That response makes us think this might not be an isolated incident, and that someone finally tattled on the former strike-free reliever as an intervention.