Moment sports coach sucker punches an unsuspecting parent in the face after losing his temper with referee’s call at a kids’ flag football game
- Incident occurred during a children’s league flag football game in Michigan
- The unidentified coach can be seen walking up to a parent on the sidelines and sucker punching him in the face
- The parent is considering pressing charges; cops say the coach could be prosecuted for assault and battery offences
A sports coach has been caught on camera sucker punching a parent at a kids’ flag football game.
The incident occurred at Midwest Performance Academy in Niles, Michigan last Saturday as tensions boiled over during play.
Video of the incident was shared to social media, but neither the coach nor the victim have been publicly identified.
The minute-long clip begins with the coach, who is clad in a blue shirt, yelling at various adults on the field at the indoor stadium.
He was reportedly irate about a call a referee had made during the game.
The coach can then be seen making his way over the sidelines where he suddenly sucker punches an unsuspecting parent who appears to have done nothing to incite him.
A sports coach has been caught on cameras sucking punching a parents at a kids’ sports game. The incident occurred at Midwest Performance Academy in Niles, Michigan last Saturday as tensions boiled over during a children’s league flag football game.
It’s unclear whether the two men were known to one another, or whether the coach had the parent’s child playing on his team.
In the video, stunned spectators can be heard gasping, before a child bursts into tears after witnessing the violent act.
‘That guy’s a psychopath!’ one woman can be heard exclaiming as crowds rush over to try to restrain the coach.
He was subsequently escorted off the field.
Niles Police Captain Kevin Kosten told WNDU that the parent who was sucker punched has contacted cops and may press charges.
‘The victim, the person who got punched, came to the police department to report that he was assaulted and apparently the coach didn’t like how this spectator was looking at him,’ Kosten told the news network.
‘There’s definitely a possibility that he could be charged with assault and battery. Some of that will certainly be up to the victim but assault and battery would be an appropriate charge in this case.’
It’s unclear whether the two men were known to one another, or whether the coach had the parent’s child playing on his team
Ed Salvagni, the parent who posted the video, told WNDU that he was forced to pull his son out of Midwest Performance Academy because of fired-up coaches there.
‘He wasn’t the only bad coach there, there was others,’ Salvagni stated.
‘We are all passionate. I’ve been known to be fiery as a baseball coach with youth kids but you have to have a level of restraint. You can’t be that amped up to where you would assault a parent, or a bystander, anybody in front of children.’