I wonder how many "sorry, but HE MADE me mad's" it will take before
the young man feels he has made this all better? We live in a weird society that
allows a person, no matter how evil or misguided to just say: "I'm
sorry" and it's all better. Someone said talk is cheap and nothing is
cheaper than those two words. I hope the referee gets better and can come back
to who he was very soon, but my fear is that it's not quite that easy. I
also hope that this 17 yr old is tried as an adult so society might be protected
from a person who so easily becomes violent and capable of deadly harm to
others. I hope the parents will express openly, their concern rather than
bunkering down together with junior who wouldn't harm a fly, a kid who is
so gentle and kind to all others, unless persecuted by a mean ref.
A yellow card at a pick up game? I'm guessing no.
Best wishes to the Soccer Ref and hopefully all turns out well. I agree with
BraveSirRobin concerning the treatment of referees in all sports. I
also hope that this can be a turning point for the 17 year old involved without
someone having to lose their life for another to learn a lesson.
I would be shocked that this game is associated with any "organization"
which would sadly mean that the officials medical bills won't be covered.
It would be interesting to see who was actually "renting" the field from
the school district. I think it was likely a pick-up game that you often see in
parks. Let's hope for a complete, fully and speedy recovery.
I agree with Strider 303 - there are a lot of facts missing! So who are they
Soccer fans look down their nose at other sports and deem their sport as worldly
and sophisticated when it is just liek any other sport, bad apples everywhere
ruining for everyone else.
Let's ban soccer.
In this day and age of instant digital communication, this egregious act should
be memorialized as the most extreme unacceptable action. Too many people,
parents, children and friends, watch professional athletes clown perform because
of the possible increase in their digital identity. As a community linked by
the Internet we need to put a stop to this. Violent behavior, on the field or
off, should carry substantial penalties not just slaps on the wrist. If an NBS,
MLB, NFL, NHL or Soccer player is violent beyond mere negligence, that is, a
wanton and willful act, they should be banned for life from the their
professional sport. Harsh? Yes, but we need to regain control of our sports
life, so our civil live has some non-violent predictability. Pray for the
The story is high on background, and light on facts. I realize the name of the
victim of the assault may not be available but, this we do know:the teams,
match and referee were not part members of the Youth Soccer League, and there is
some vague reference to a team that usually rents the field but missing are the
names of the actual teams that participated in the match and some information on
the "league" involved. So I conclude that a number of
people met on a field and had a soccer match they evidently didn't have
names so it must have been a "pick-up" match. One of the spectators
volunteered to officiate and some 17 year-old got upset with a call and
cold-cocked the ref. There's an elephant in the room, or in
this case, on the field. And nobody's willing to say anything about it.
Pat, you can do better than this.
All the crazy parents need to back off the pressure they put on their kids for
all sports. Not just soccer.Kids need to play for fun. Parents
need to go home and read a book or go on a bike ride.Too much
pressure on these kids.Kids. It is ok to just have fun. The NFL,
NBA Etc. is not a good destination for you. Go have fun and learn how to enjoy
I'm not even remotely condoning what this kid did. He'll need to be
held accountable for his actions. However, the comments are so final as to
their assessment of his overall character and people are so quick to assume
he's such a villain that he needs to be banned forever from anything
resembling organized sports. One person even suggested the kid needs to spend 10
years in prison for punching the official. Murderers get less than that. As
bad as what this kid did, it's no where near as bad as the critical
judgement people make of one another as though they are entitled to be so
cortical because they have no stain on their perfect lives.People
make mistakes, especially when they are in the heat of competition. It
doesn't make them horrible people. This kid will be punished and,
hopefully, his victim will make a full recovery. In the meantime, I hope those
standing in judgement can find a way to address their need to so easily condemn
a 17 year old kid so harshly while overlooking their own character flaws.
What poor sportsmanship. Some referees give bad calls, we understand that. But
to take it out on the ref in such an angry manner makes me wonder if there is
also something else behind the anger. Good luck to the ref.
Kids learn this stuff at home. Parents who display this type of behavior can
only expect thier kids to do it too. Parents who do not recognise and stop
acting out may expect life-long behavior problems from thier off spring.
Don't believe me? Go to visiting day at your local penitentiary and watch
And we wonder why more people won't be referees. News flash to athletes
and parents: If you want better referees you need more people to step up and be
referees in the first place. If you want more people to be referees, stop
berating the ones you have.I was a referee for Utah Youth Soccer for
six months. Finally I couldn't take any more and walked off the job. The
behavior of parents was so bad. And I was a good ref by all accounts - I always
rated well in my assessments.
I guess they ought to ban fists now. This kid is out of control and should have
no part in sports, ever. Perhaps 10 years in prison, after being tried as an
adult. This will give him time to think about his stupidity. I doubt his is
the first time he has had a temper tantrum on the field, or probably in school.
Sorry to hear about this unfortunate instance. Tragedy is the result. I have
seen kids go after other kids and slug them when they weren't looking, but
this is a low-down cowardice act.
This kid made a huge mistake, following his little mistake, and now he is really
in trouble. The anger expressed needs to be treated. And then he needs to
either never play a game again and/or officiate for free for about the next 25
years so he can see what sports officials do who dedicate themselves to the
success of amatuer sports.I hope his parents are willing to address
the issues in their son's life. And I hope the best for the
official. What a trajedy from him and his family.
Best Wishes to the harmed official for a good recovery. You worry about a
parent going after an official, but a kid doesn't seem as likely...
"Crazy. This kid should be banned from all sanctioned youth sports."Banned from youth sports? Seriously?This kid may end up in
prison for manslaughter.
This is inexcusable. This young man should spend sometime in a cell and NEVER
see time on a pitch again.
Cowardly, but also tragic. Because an immature boy lost his temper,
two lives have been changed forever. The coach may die, and the kid will always
have this incident hanging over his head. Very sad on both sides.
At first thought it was a parent who did this. What a punk this kid did.
Wow for a yellow card?Imagine what might have happened had the punk
been given a red card!Crazy. This kid should be banned from all
sanctioned youth sports.What a cowardly act.