I would say any school/school district or city/county facility is crazy to let
any league compete on its field without a charter from an legitimate
organization. Now with the tragic death of the official, his family will still
face sizable medical bills. Who will take care of those bills? I am
doubtful/fearful either his family or the victim's family will have the
resources. Since this appears to be a rogue league, it is doubtful they would
have any catastrophic insurance policy to help.
The parents are not to blame. 17years old is plenty old enough that the one who
did this accept the blame.
George: What does a couch have to do with anything? Was the kid sitting on a
couch when this happened? Oh, maybe you mean "coach."
They won't have to look far to find a judge when this kid goes to court --
adult or juvenile. There are plenty on here. (Very few grammarians,
though.)Best wishes to the Ref.
@earthquakejake"...I think it's logical to complain about
cleaning up after a bunch of people but that shouldn't even be in the same
article as the aggravated assault. I personally think that a human life is more
important than trash."Frankly, all of it is connected -- the
trash, the criminal assault, and the fact that this is a rogue league that
basically thumbs its nose at the duly sanctioned youth soccer leagues in the
state of Utah: It bespeaks a general disrespect for the rules of society. I wish the referee justice, and a full recovery.
The assault and the litter are definitely connected to each other. Is there a
correlation between the caliber of person that would leave the mess with the
caliber of person that would raise a child that has enough anger to potentially
kill a human being with an angry sucker punch? I think that the answer is self
evident. The apples don't fall far from the trees.
Better ban fists now. Gotta cut everybodys hands off so an attack like this
won't happen in the future.
Stop letting these kids off so easy! Charge him as an adult.
The whole league should be folded. You would think the league would have the
decency to at least raise money and offer prayers for the refreee. Instead they
are going to hire cops ! Classy bunch aren't they ? They
league has trashed the school and a ref has been beaten half to death. Why do
they get to use the fields ?
Mugabe, GA: he didn't "loose his temple", he lost his temper.
Made me smile, though.I've read of riots at soccer games in Europe.
It's a game and this was in Utah, USA. What happened to playing a game
being fun, even if you don't end up being on the winning team? You shake
hands at the end. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Portillo and his family.
I hope he will make a complete recovery. My prayers are also with the other
family. Very sad for them, too. I hope this 17-yr old's loss of temper
and his resulting attack does not end up as a charge of manslaughter.
Maybe refs should stand back a few yards from the player when issuing a yellow
(or any other color) card just to be on the safe side. This would reduce the
chance of a hot-head kid doing something he shouldn't as happened in this
Are you kidding me??? I scanned through all the comments, every one addresses
who's fault this is. But only two offered concern towards the victim and
the family. I don't care at this moment who is to blame, I care that a
man's life is concerned here and a family is going through heartbreak and
turmoil. I am sorry for what they are going through and hope that they will be
comforted at this time and that Mr Portillo will recover, thoughts and prayers
are with him at this time.
In Missouri 17-year-olds are considered adults for the purpose of criminal law
and their names and charges are released to the news media.
I agree with the district, but am undecided about the expulsion. The fact that
the field was trashed indicates deeper problems. The league needs to take some
responsibility and control the crowd, or at least clean up afterwards. I lived
next to a field where Latino teams played soccer every week and they never left
a mess such as the one described. In addition, games were played with respect
and dignityWhether or not the team should have been expelled depends
on whether or not there were underlying problems with the team, its staff or the
parents of the players. The trashing of the field leads me to believe that there
may have been more to the expulsion than was reported.I would hope
that in the expulsion of the team as a whole, the players not involved in the
reasons for expulsion would be allowed to join other teams.
Totally agree that putting in the article about trash clean up is ridiculous. We
all hope that Mr Portillo can recover from his injury but the man who attacked
him should be held responsible as an adult, I understand he's almost 18.
And blaming his parents is as ridiculous as the trash comments.
This is not a trivial problem of bad behavior that a parent should have
corrected long ago.This is a vicious criminal assault, with what may
turn out to be deadly force, and the clear intention to inflict bodily injury to
the referee. It needs to be treated as such, and a 17 year old should be
treated as an adult, not some poor juvenile who has gone astray.Thoughts and prayers go out to the referee, who like all referees, was doing a
mostly thankless and often criticized job so that others, especially the young
players could have a good time. He is a true role model.There are a
lot of other questions that need to be asked and answered about the assailant,
but political correctness demands they be postponed.
So it is the parents' fault and, of course, the police refuse to release
the offender's name.So much for justice; if the boy had been one year
older (or perhaps one day older) he would have been eighteen and an adult. If
he had been an adult his name would have been all over the media on the mere
suspicion of wrongdoing.So much for justice here in the land of the
free; make excuses for minors until they are hopelessly addicted to their own
selfish acts and have come to expect that excuses will always be made for
them.Keep passing the buck to the parents even when you know nothing
about the parents. Is it too much to grasp that a seventeen year old could
knowingly do something wrong or lose his or her temper?
I can understand why people are upset about trashing the field, but why expel
the whole team (did I read this right??) for the offense of 1 player? I
don't think it is as if the team encouraged their players to hit the refs.
This sounds like North Korea, where, if one individual breaks the law the entire
family is arrested (parents, grandparents, kids, siblings etc.)
The couch of the player assumed the responsibility, he also assumed that the
players have some manners. To me the couch is who is the one that is in trouble
for allowing that kind of behave-yer. Ya know what assume means.
People who loose their temple in a game of sports should not be allowed to ever
participate again. This kind of behaviour is not unique to young players, but
there are adults that behav e inappropriately in games of sports.Soon that young man will be off to College, and probably on to professional
sports, the next time, it may be another player that is met with violence from
him.We all need to learn that sports is just a game, it isn't
the most important part of ours nor our childrens existence.I say,
ban him from any organized sports, and confine him to playing street sports,
with other bad boys, who have disciplinary problems.
So, one rotten apple and the entire field is getting shut down. Liberal logic at
How do we know his parents didn't teach him that hitting someone was wrong?
I know my children don't do anything I tell them not to do. This is a very
sad situation. We rush to assign blame, based on a few sentences. We know 2
things: an innocent man was assaulted, and a 17 year old boy did it. Hopefully
this man recovers, and the boy doesn't throw the remaining years of his
life away through repeated bad decisions.
I agree with Helmock. This is the parent's responsibility that their
teenage child didn't know it's wrong physically attack someone if you
don't agree with them. About the complaint, I think it's
logical to complain about cleaning up after a bunch of people but that
shouldn't even be in the same article as the aggravated assault. I
personally think that a human life is more important than trash.
This is a parent and child problem, not a soccer problem. There are times when
an example is needed. This 17-year old and his parent's time has come.
Issuing a warning is a bit late when a referee is in critical condition in the
ICU from a sucker punch. It will be difficult for the lad to claim he
didn't know it was against the rules to hit a referee in the head.