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Monday, October 01, 2007

IN THE SPIRIT OF FUN?

A New Jersey Pop Warner coach was knocked unconscious by a Pop Warner league official for not giving his son enough playing time.


Pop Warner Vice President of Football Operations Mario Romano, 42, of Colts Neck has been charged with "assault while attending a community-sponsored youth sporting event" after he punched the 44-year-old coach, who was not named.

The victim was unconscious for about a half hour.

Police said Romano was upset his son wasn't getting enough playing time and exchanged words with the coach earlier in the game for 12- to 14-year-olds, but then clocked him in the head once it ended.

The charge is a fourth-degree crime since children witnessed the attack. The coach was taken by ambulance to the hospital, treated and released.

Way to make your son REAL proud, dad!

Here's an all-out youth-sports brawl to make you think (This video is NOT the Colts Neck incident in the story above): View at your discretion



Teach 'em young photo by Salim Fadhley

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10 Comments:

Anonymous proofreader said...

Hopefully the knucklehead is no longer a Pop Warner league official. Hopefully, the coach who was knocked unconscious will forget who hit him because I doubt that boy will get any bonus playing time now! Why is it you rarely hear of Moms brawling at their daughters' sporting events with their coaches?

Mon Oct 01, 05:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

go daddy, go... love the video where the kid gets all freaked out but the dad can't stop filming!

Mon Oct 01, 06:05:00 PM  
Anonymous McGarett said...

Knock someone unconscious for 30 minutes and that's only a 4th degree crime?!!! Sounds like a Mike Tyson move!
Book em' Danno! Throw the book at him.

Mon Oct 01, 06:09:00 PM  
Anonymous sheesh said...

...and we wonder why the world is going to shi-ite

Mon Oct 01, 09:23:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Wonder who will receive the sportsmanship award at the annual awards banquet?

Tue Oct 02, 12:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just spoke to someone who witnessed the whole thing. The dad was asking the 6'4" coach to put his son on offense instead of defense, due to his son's wrist injury. The coach kept ignoring his request and was screaming and pointing in his face and he ended up scratching the Dad, which provoked the defensive punch. Obviously, both grown men should think before they act.

Wed Oct 03, 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always thought Little League did not teach fair play. Happy my hubby would hubby would not get involved and my sons turned out ok.

Wed Oct 03, 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those who are willing to testify that they did, indeed, see the coach provoke and endanger the dad before the dad punched the coach are being threatened. One witness just got his lights punched out by someone obviously trying to protect the coach's reputation.

Thu Oct 04, 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Tina said...

Good JOb! :)

Fri Aug 08, 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! Nice topic, but will this really work?

Sun Jan 31, 11:16:00 PM  

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