If you’ve got kids who are involved in any kind of youth sport, then you know how, umm, intense and passionate some parents can get during the events. If you don’t, well…I’m going out on a limb and guessing you might be the parents everyone else is talking about behind your back.
These Georgia parents took things several steps too far, though, and ended up in a stands-clearing brawl following their kids’ youth football game.
I wonder if CTE can affect parents of football players, too? Or perhaps they already have head injuries and that’s what caused this whole sh*tshow to begin with? Inquiring minds.
The video was shot on a well-behaved parent’s cell phone and shows a man in red throwing a punch at another adult while the 5-year-old kids shake hands after the game. Things soon escalated into an all-out brawl set to the tune of small children screaming and crying.
Video shows a brawl at a youth football game in Hapeville over the weekend. Parents say it began with 2 coaches and then parents got involved. Other parents & children ran for safety when they say they saw weapons. https://t.co/LTTfi6dBk6 pic.twitter.com/8pcCD6e1bb
— Matt Johnson (@MattWSB) November 13, 2018
According to the local news, the fight broke out because some of the parents were upset by the results of the game.
In this day and age, there are concerns that go beyond the bad example being set, too – several parents thought they saw another pull out a gun, which resulted in everyone desperate to get somewhere safe.
One mom, who remained in the bleachers during the melee, said “I feel like kids should never have to witness that. Parents were running, screaming, crying, and trying to get somewhere safe and not knowing if the person that had a weapon – if they were going to shoot or not.”
“I think you should set a better example if you’re a coach,” she added, because several of the people involved were coaches on both sides.
She also commented that she and several other parents hope that security will be more of a priority in the future since there’s no way to know whether other parents (or child) might have brought a weapon to the field.
Police were called but arrived after the offending parties had dispersed, and no charges have been filed.
Behave out there, folks. If you don’t, how can you expect your kids to do any better?