Houston, TX (KTRK) — A parent of the Youth Football and Cheerleading Federation is in hot water for chasing a 12-year-old during a Little League football game last weekend and threatening to slap him.
Witnesses said the woman was upset that a 12-year-old girl had tackled her child.
The 12-year-old’s mother reported the situation to the police.
The woman never touched the child, but the victim’s mother says she was upset that someone was threatening her son when it should have been a fun game.
Houston Police have confirmed they are investigating.
It was the first game of the season for the Southside Ravens, as they faced the Northwest Gorillas. The game was interrupted just minutes into the game as a parent chased a player who tackled his son.
An incident report by the Youth Football and Cheerleading Federation League revealed that the parent in question was found to have violated multiple code of conduct policies.
YFF calls this woman a serious threat to the environment.
Along with reporting the incident, YFF President Edward Hart sent the following statement to ABC13:
“This was an incident that could have ended much worse than it did. A parent running onto the gamefield after a player from the opposing team reacted in the same way as the child’s parent did to protect his child.” Not to mention the potential reaction of staff members on both teams. This particular facility is essentially an open field with multiple entrances and no barriers between spectators and the game field, so there is no room for standard access control policies to be applied. .”
Hart said the women are permanently banned from all YFF events and activities, as are the rest of their families and children.
The woman had to pay a $200 fine, and her son’s former team, the Northwest Gorillas, was fined $500 after being accused of not managing the sidelines.
Although the woman in question was never caught, the Northwest Gorilla released a statement of apology on social media.
“First and foremost, I would like to apologize to the parents of the young man who was unnecessarily chased across the field by a parent who was part of our organization. children cannot be harmed.Yesterday was a very emotional day. Our parents felt their children were unsafe because of the level of aggressiveness of the players and opposing parents. To our distant families in our village, we apologize for putting you in a dangerous situation. knows But our goal was to bring it back, and after yesterday it feels like we didn’t show it. I am doing my best for you. We can’t control the actions and emotions of others, but we want to be responsible for our entire behavior, how it played a part and how it was displayed at yesterday’s events. Despite the behavior exhibited by the opposing team, there was no reason for it to escalate in that degree or manner. We thank all of our dedicated parents who continue to ride for us. ”
The chased player’s family says no one has personally apologized to her or her family. The child’s mother told ABC13 that the YFF had taken action to keep the children safe I am pleased to She says her top priority is the safety of her children and making sure they have fun. Because, after all, that’s what Little League football is supposed to do.
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