The video starts with the coach screaming at referees before getting escorted off the indoor field. As he’s walking through the sideline, he stands face-to-face with a parent before knocking him down with a punch to the face.
The punch caused a melee as several other coaches and parents either joined in on the fight or tried breaking up the scuffle. During the video, children were heard crying in the background as the drama unfolded.
“The victim, the person who got punched, came to the police department to report that he was assaulted and apparently the coach didn’t like how this spectator was looking at him,” said Niles Police Captain, Kevin Kosten. “He referenced that maybe he was smiling at the coach and so this coach just happened to punch him, sucker-punch him, which to me means punch him in the face. There’s definitely a possibility that he could be charged with assault and battery. Some of that will certainly be up to the victim, but assault and battery would be an appropriate charge in this case.”
The parent who posted the viral video said his ignored complaints to Midwest Performance Academy’s staff about aggressive coaches caused him to pull his son out of the league.
“He wasn’t the only bad coach there, there was others. That’s why I pulled out because I just saw it,” said Ed Salvagni. “We are all passionate. I’ve been known to be fiery as a baseball coach with youth kids, but you have to have a level of restraint. You can’t be that amped up to where you would assault a parent, or a bystander, anybody in front of children.”
Niles Police is still looking into the incident and expects charges to be filed against the coach once the coach’s identity is confirmed.