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.

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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