Parents brawl at Little League game; police need help identifying man
A large brawl broke out among parents at a Little League game in Colorado over the weekend.
Lakewood police say the fight broke out after a 13-year-old umpire ruled one of the players batted out of order. The ballplayers were all 7-year-olds.
"These adults took over the field and began assaulting each other," police wrote in a tweet.
The brouhaha resulted in injuries, including one person who may have broken ribs, and several citations. Lakewood police still need help identifying one of the adults involved and have released a video of the incident, which you can see at the top of this article. They are specifically wanting to know who the man in the white shirt and teal shorts is.
The incident happened at Westgate Elementary on June 15.
"It’s a 7-year-olds’ baseball game, and we’re asking the parents to grow up,” police said.
One local Colorado Springs youth sports company says this behavior from parents is what's causing a lot of children to drop out of organized youth sports.
TrueSports is an organization that focuses on positively portraying kids sports and making it fun for them.
The director of the organization says parents put way too much pressure on young kids.
“There is pressure to win at an increasingly young age. There are unhealthy expectations that are placed on kids. We’re placing too much emphasis on winning at all cost and that’s damaging not just to their experience of sports but really on their mental health their ability to be healthy, to enjoy their childhood," said Jennifer Royer, Director of TrueSports.
If you have any information that can help identify the man in teal shorts, call 303-987-7111.