Like you, I was just thinking that it’d been too long since a parents-and-players brawl broke out on video at a Houston-area pee wee football game, so I’m happy to report that the good folks in Pearland, Texas, obliged two weeks ago.
(Victim uninjured. Cowardly cheap shot artist somehow uncharged.)
Kristi Nix of the PEARLAND (TX) JOURNAL has a description of what happened between coaches and 11-year-old players of the Bay Area Youth Football League, though Rucks Russell of KHOU-TV in Houston reports many of the details of the events leading up to the brawl are in dispute.
Regardless of what caused the altercation, there’s no disputing the aftermath. From Nix:
Bay Area Football League officials say the Patriots coach resigned and is now suspended from the league for life. Several other Hurricanes coaches were thrown out for the rest of the season.
Both teams were banned from post-season play.
Coaches from both sides appealed the ruling. League officials, however, refused to relent and sanctions against both teams still stand.
Pearland Police officials say no arrest were made at the game. And, no charges have been filed in connection with the incident.
The people who run the pee wee league are actually meeting Wednesday night to finalize the suspensions and decision to ban the two teams from the league playoffs this season. The latter has parents of players on both teams upset and demanding that the league lift the playoff ban.
“I was just trying to protect my son,” he said.
Croasdaile said, just prior to the brawl, his son, who plays for the Hurricanes, was involved in a small altercation with a player for the Patriots. He said that’s when one of the Patriots coaches lifted his son into the air and tossed him about four or five yards.
“That was uncalled for and I just charged,” Croasdaile said.
Croasdaile has been suspended for the season but wants his son’s team to be allowed to finish their season.
Why does a part of me think that might not be such a bright idea? (Okay, maybe if we brought in 38 langurs.)
The most notable portion of the video is the appalling cheap shot delivered by an unnamed Hurricanes coach to the back of the neck of an unnamed Patriots coach.
Though police did investigate the entire incident and released a report based on an account from the game referee, apparently assault charges against the perpetrator of the sucker punch will not be filed. Though the *coach* has been suspended from the league for life.