Several people were injured in the June 15 melee caught on camera, police said in a statement.
“Coaches and parents, unhappy with a baseball game involving 7-year-olds and a 13-year-old umpire, took over the field and began assaulting each other,” the Lakewood Police Department said on its Facebook page alongside footage of the fight.
Officials cited by Fox31 Denver said the fight took place shortly before noon at the baseball fields at Westgate Elementary school.
These adults took over the field and began assaulting each other on 6/15 during a youth baseball game. We’re looking for any info, in particular to ID the man in the white shirt/teal shorts. Several people have already been cited in this fight and injuries were reported. pic.twitter.com/ieenhwCrbU
— Lakewood Police (@LakewoodPDCO) June 18, 2019
“It’s disgusting,” an officer told KDVR. “I highly doubt that the Rockies had any scouts there during the game. I think the saddest part in all of this is that we’re talking about a 7-year-old’s baseball game … and it’s the parents who need to grow up.”
After Lakewood police posted the footage on Facebook, people criticized the adults in the video.
“Super awesome life lessons they’re teaching their children,” one woman wrote on the social media site.
“So juvenile,” wrote another woman. “What on earth are these parents teaching their children. So sad for those children and the 13 year old umpire!”
“Wow! How disgraceful and how incredibly embarrassing for those poor kids,” another man commented.
Police have asked the public to come forward with any information about the altercation.
“We’re looking for any information on this melee, but in particular the identity of the suspect in the white shirt and teal shorts.”
“Several people have already been cited in this fight and several injuries were reported,” the police department said.
Softball Coach Faces Assault Charges After Allegedly ‘Body Slamming’ Woman
In a similar case, a Texas softball coach was fired and charged with assault after footage emerged allegedly showing him charging toward a grandmother at a game and attacking her.
James Schmidt faces assault charges, KHOU reported, after allegedly slamming 59-year-old Donna Edwards to the ground as she was recording someone at the softball game being abusive and flashing their middle finger.
“I was watching the game when I heard someone cursing and yelling,” Edwards said, according to ABC7. She said she started to record the misbehavior, adding, “the kid who I was recording is his son.”
‘I Think I Was Knocked Out’
Edwards, who was at the game with her 11-year-old granddaughter, posted a video on Saturday, Feb. 16, showing a teenager displaying his middle finger to her and—moments later—the altercation.
“He body slammed me,” she told the Houston Chronicle. “He just charged at me like a football player and he was going for my phone.”
A visibly angered individual—alleged to be Schmidt—is seen in the video rushing up to Edwards and lunging at the camera before the footage cuts off.
“I was tackled and hit the concrete,” Edwards told ABC7. “I don’t remember what happened next. I think I was knocked out. That guy was trying to get the phone.”
“This is what Bubba Schmidt does when he gets mad. I was videotaping his son shooting the bird at everyone,” Edwards wrote in the caption to the video. “His dad, Bubba Schmidt, coach of the memorial sting, decided he wanted my phone. Look what he did.”
This is what Bubba Schmidt does when he gets mad. I was videotaping his son shooting the bird at everyone. His dad, Bubba Schmidt, coach of the memorial sting, decided he wanted my phone. Look what he did.
Donna Edwards စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၉၊ ဖေဖော်ဝါရီ ၁၆၊ စနေနေ့
Edwards later posted a follow-up message saying, “The cops said the video is proof of assault. And yes, there are about 30 eyewitnesses to the whole thing that stayed till the cops got there.”
She said that Schmidt “was losing 15-0 and they just called the game. I don’t think he likes to lose. But I was told he has a history of bullying people, then he intimidates them, and they give him a pass.”
‘Country Style’ Fight
Edwards said on Facebook that her son intervened after the coach attacked her, and a “country style” fight broke out.
“That guy pushed me down hard on the cement and was trying to take my phone,” she wrote. “My son got him off of me and then they started fighting 😩 Country style.”
“Before I know it, the guy’s on top of my mom, and I ran to that field and grabbed the man off my 60-year-old mom,” Edwards’s son Lane Swore told ABC7.
Edwards said she went to a nearby emergency room for treatment of injuries she said she sustained in the attack.
Harris County Constable Mark Herman’s Office said on Tuesday that the alleged aggressor was charged with assault, according to ABC13.
“James Schmidt is currently wanted by law enforcement for class A Assault,” said Herman. “If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, you are urged to contact our dispatch.”
Schmidt was relieved of his duties as coach with the Cy-Fair Texas Sting softball team. According to the news outlet, the organization released the following statement: “Cy-Fair Texas Sting strives to promote honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, and accountability in coaches, players, and parents. We require the highest levels of good sportsmanship at all times.”