Coaches Charged After Fighting During Youth Basketball Game

The information in this report is from the Twinsburg Police; charges do not mean a conviction


Two basketball coaches -- one from Strongsville -- were issued minor misdemeanor citations for disorderly conduct after they get into a fight during a youth basketball game in Twinsburg, according to a Twinsburg police report.

The fight occured during a youth basketball tournament on Jan. 26 at the Edge Sports Performance Academy on Ravenna Road.

A witness called 911 at about 1:46 p.m. to report the fight, which began after the coaches started arguing about the game.

One of the coaches told police that the other man threw him to the ground. Police officers say there was blood on the right hand and nose of one of the coaches.

The fight was broken up by other coaches, according to the report.

Both men were ordered to appear at the Stow Municipal Court on Feb. 1.

Basketball Mom January 31, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Ahh that's nice of you for sticking up for the 6'4 220lb former college basketball player that was "thrown down" by the 5'8 160lb coach...ya right. You still didn't explain why the commishoner of his own league didn't follow the rules. They BOTH should have been suspended. He's such a tough guy that he should have owned up to it and answered the 19 action news call. Nice try.
Fans watch January 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Follow the rules? It's called defending yourself. Don't fool yourself, the Twinsburg coach lashed out first. Regardless of any rules, I'm sure you would do the same thing. Was it a bad example for all of those kids? Absolutely!!!
Basketball Mom January 31, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Yes...Rules! They are in place for the protection of the children...4th grade players. Leading up to the "brawl", he was the agressor on the sideline. AND HE IS THE COMMISHONER. Here are the rules from the league, that he runs, that he broke. The unforunate lesson learned...is it's OK to break the rules?...REALLY! His big season is right around the corner, players should take notice and spend their $500+ elsewhere. "Bench conduct: C.Coaches, parents and players shall focus their energies on player participation, team play, and sportsmanship. Coaches, parents and players shall not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct, especially towards referees and scorers. D.Any coach, player or parent who is ejected from a game may not attend that team’s next league game"
tom m January 31, 2013 at 02:21 PM
yep sorry I missed that ....there is nothing more entertaining than 2 adults duking it out a a kids sports event ..... basketball mom since you were there who pushed/punched who first .... you see at the end of the day it does not make any difference how big/small or how young/old the adult is .......once a person strikes/pushes another adult what follows is all on them ...........so mom who grab who first ??????
Fans watch January 31, 2013 at 03:15 PM
The damage is already done Basketball Mom. I just hope that you can move past this, which from the tone of your voice, I don't think you can. Having said that, it probably will be in your best interest to move your child to another league for basketball next season. I'm sure that the commissioner of the league will not have any problems replacing your child. Good luck to you wherever you go!!
Strongsville girl January 31, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I was there too, I saw it all and Strongsville coach was attacked. Now lets focus on how they handled it after. Everyone makes mistakes in life but it is how we handle them that matters. Both coaches united and took the teams in the locker room and apologized for their behavior. We want our kids to know how to handle things and they were shown the right way to correct the situation. Everyone is so eager to point out the wrong in everyone but themselves. I for one love that my son is a part of this program and the kids have forgotten about this...the adults need to as well.
a REAL basketball mom January 31, 2013 at 04:15 PM
i was there, this story is not accurate! there were no punches! basketball mom clearly wasnt there for the whole game. Twinsburg coach started off jawing with the fans the second the game started, not to mention he was heard by several people talking trash about the storngsville players to his team. during the game the Twinsburg coach was talking down to the strongsville players. all this was before the first quarter was over. that being said, what happened happened. both coaches got together after the game with both teams and apologized. BASKETBALL MOM SHOULD BE A DANCE MOM
a REAL basketball mom January 31, 2013 at 04:31 PM
he didnt attend that teams next game, he coached a completely different team, get your facts strait before you post!
tom m January 31, 2013 at 05:01 PM
so both coaches were cited for .......nothing .....I hate when that happens ...your just standing there minding your own business when WHAM your handed a ticket for nothing
Basketball Mom January 31, 2013 at 05:05 PM
The focus should be on how they handled it before, not after. The DIRECTOR OF THE LEAGUE, who you keep giving your money to, could have easily called time out and reminded all participants and fans that the game is for the kids. Instead, dressed in all green and acting like the incredible hulk, he proceeded to argue every call and confront the opposing coach. In regards to "know how to handle things", people do make mistakes and when they do there are consequences. When he made his mistake, he felt above the consequence and continued to coach the next game. So now the consequence is to have me along with 100's of other families "move our children to another league for next season" or better yet he should stay in Strongsville, where he can do no wrong. His tactics of intimidation do not have a place in youth sports. "When anger rises, think of the consequences. – Confucius" http://fox8.com/2013/01/30/basketball-coaches-fight-in-front-of-children/
Basketball Mom January 31, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Ok,,,so he coached in the same league, for the same community, in the same facility, on the same afternoon. Where all could see the Jolly Green Giant. Thank you for continuing to prove my point. Keep making excuses for his behavior.
tom m January 31, 2013 at 05:24 PM
so basketball mom what is the answer to my very very simple question ????? who grab who first ??????
Jean Williams January 31, 2013 at 05:55 PM
does paying 500.00 make your kid a better player !!! it sounds like your paying someone 500 bucks to let your average kid play a game
kenneth malady January 31, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Basketball Mom sounds like she has a PERSONAL vendetta with the Strongsville coach !!! I agree with another person's comment - go somewhere else !!!
Fans watch January 31, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Honestly, I'm sure " 100's of families" aren't leaving the league over this incident. Most people have already moved on, lets all do the same. THE END!
david stern January 31, 2013 at 06:40 PM
lets have a basketball tournament for all the parents that think their kid is the next nba rising star. kids will sit and watch from the stands. i would like to guard the coach from twinsburg.
david stern January 31, 2013 at 06:41 PM
lets have a basketball tournament for all the parents that think their kid is the next nba rising star. kids will sit and watch from the stands. i would like to guard the coach from twinsburg.
Sv sports fan January 31, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Basketball mom needs to get back on her rocker because she is for sure off of it
tom m January 31, 2013 at 06:53 PM
how about a WWF cage match (watch out for those woman with those huge purses with the buckles)
Basketball Mom January 31, 2013 at 07:16 PM
tom m-Go to Stow Court tomorrow at 8:30a and you will get your answer to your very simple question.
Chapman Mom February 04, 2013 at 06:47 PM
I think this is yet another example of the parents reliving their failed sports careers through their kids
Dennis Simecek February 04, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Whether a Twinsburg dad, Strongsville dad, Solon dad, Westlake dad on and on, take a moment and go to You Tube and listen to the song by Rodney Atkins entitled 'Watching You'. For all us dads out there, you never know who's watching....it just might be our kids....nuff said.
Carmen February 05, 2013 at 03:11 AM
My Money Would Be On The Strongsville Coach If It Came To A Cage Match........Both coaches did the right thing after it happen. If your child is going to play compettive sports for some time this will most likely happen to them expect it. On a positive note some of the players I am sure picked up on what not to do so a lesson was learned move on and play ball.
Basketball Mom February 05, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Unfortunately for you it's basketball and not UFC. If you made the same bet on the basketball games, you would lose. Just like all the teams he coached this season vs. Twinsburg. Maybe that is why he lost his temper?
James Murphy February 05, 2013 at 10:16 PM
basketball mom I have seen your type before 5 ft 6 and 180 lbs with a non-athletic kid so you pay 500.00 so your kid can be on a premier team just so you have something to brag about so I know your all mad right now because your kids not any star player and hostess closed so go grab another bag of funyons and shell out another 500 bucks and move on
heidi hanton February 05, 2013 at 11:59 PM
I was at the unfortunate event as my son was awaiting his game following the Twinsburg/Strongsville game, I don't what disgusts me more, the behavior of grown adults or the comments I have just read. My children do not need to be exposed to aggressive unsportsmanlike behavior just because they are involved in competitive sports. We as parents and coaches have a responsibility to teach the children how to win. . .and lose with grace. All my son learned from this unfortunate event was that adults can behave in inappropriate manners and return to coach another day, or the same day as it turned out. The coaches are not the only ones who need to "check" their conscience, I think the behavior of the parents who laughed and swore at referees in front of the boys as they were being kicked out of the facility tells a sad tale as well. It IS time to move on and teach our children that respecting others despite difference of opinion is of the utmost importance.
James Murphy February 06, 2013 at 12:32 AM
HUH --------there is the line of the week, which nobody has mentioned so far -------------->. and lose with grace.
heidi hanton February 06, 2013 at 01:35 AM
How about we all remember that we are talking about 9 YEAR OLD BOYS who just want to play ball and have fun!!!!! Yes, winning is important to the boys and of course to the parents as well. They are looking to us as parents for guidance and they will model our behavior. . .when did it become acceptable to disrespect other human beings????? All they see in the media is glorified athletes who can break the rules and get away with it, now we are bringing the same message on a "real" level. When does it end?????????????
James Murphy February 06, 2013 at 01:48 AM
you do know i was agreeing with you right ???
heidi hanton February 06, 2013 at 02:05 AM
I do now. . .sorry for any misinterpretation. . .just want everyone to realize that the important message to send to our boys is to be respectful!!!! I fear for our future if this is the way we are going to guide our children. I just want my son to learn skills and grow as young man, isn't that what we all want??????


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