An under-10 youth baseball game in Florida devolved into a disturbing farce when the coaches of opposing teams in a Cooper City league engaging in a full-on, on field brawl, all while their young players looked on in shock.
The textbook case of poor sportsmanship erupted when one coach attempted to switch runners during a game between the U-10 divisions Cubs and Rays squads, inspiring an aggressive response from the opposing coach, as reported by ABC News, which received a copy of the source video of the incident.
Words were exchanged between the two men — with one coach saying “F— you” – before one man punched the other “in the left side of his face with a closed fist,” the report said.
“The two then ended up wrestling on the ground at which time other coaches intervened and broke up the fight,” the (Cooper City police) report said.
While the sight of two grown men brawling on the ground like a WWE also-rans was clearly troubling in its own right, the most upsetting visual from the fight was likely the sight of the two teams’ players, all of whom seemed to look on in stunned despondence. In a powerful way, it offered the impression (real or not) that the children implicitly understood something the coaches did not: It was the adults who were the immature jackasses, not the young athletes they were responsible for.
Happily, there was one moment of sanity that emerged from the incident: The two coaches eventually made up, with the instigator apologizing after he had been read his Miranda rights by local police, ending the dispute before either side sought any prosecution.