Ah, middle school sports. The best of times, and the worst of times.
I think many of us can agree that parents can be the absolute worst when it comes to their kids playing sports.
Hell, I’ll never forget keeping score for the baseball games at our local YMCA, and I forgot to change the inning on the scoreboard, and I had about five parents standing at the doorstep of the scorer’s booth ready to drop the gloves with me.
Seriously, they can be nauseating.
And we’ve all seen parents berate the referees for calling a poor game, even though they’re only getting paid $50 a game and are doing it out of the goodness of their hearts.
But berating is one thing. Throwing hands with a referee at your kid’s sporting event? That’s a completely different thing.
And that’s exactly what happened at this middle school boys basketball game.
In the video footage, you can see one of the boys get pushed by another, and it turns into an all out shoving match between a few of the players.
Next thing you know, parents begin to run out onto the court, and out of nowhere, one of the dads completely blindsides the referee, sending him to the ground.
According to King 5,the culprit was Mark McLaughlin out of Kenmore, Washington, and it all went down on December 16th at Kenmore Middle School.
McLaughlin hit the ref, who is 72 years old, so hard, that he ended up breaking his nose and cheek bone.
The dad has since been charged with second-degree assault, and his bail was set at $20,000.
The prosecutor said in a note:
“The defendant is clearly unable to keep his temper under control, even in a room full of children and parents at a school basketball game.”
McLaughlin also has a history of behavior problems stemming all the way back to his time as a college basketball player. He played for nine teams in six years, and left the Univeristy of Washington after he punched a teammate during an on-court altercation.
Sounds like a real winner…
I mean c’mon, what are we doing here? The ref was literally just trying to break up the pushing and shoving, and you’re going to put the truck stick on him?