A look at parents who crossed the line at children’s sports games



Parents are supposed to be the ones that teach their kids sportsmanship, how to behave and to not throw a tantrum when playing sports. However, in 2017 adults tend to misbehave just as much if not more than their children.


From serving jail time to being banned from league games, here’s a look at some of the worst youth sports parents over the years.


$2 Hit


When you’re 10-years-old, $2 can sound like a lot of money. It’s enough that one could be willing to intentionally throw a baseball at an opposing batter.


In 1999, Shawn P. Phillips, a former Pennsylvania police officer, paid a Little League pitcher $2 to hit a batter in a game while he was on duty. The pitcher obliged, striking the batter in the leg and leaving a bruise, The Morning Call reported.


Four days later, Phillips returned to the school to pay the pitcher. After he told the story to a school janitor, the custodian reported the officer to the school.


Phillips was sentenced to three to 23 months after he rejected a plea deal that would have gotten him off the charges on probation.


Thomas Junta kills a coach


Hockey is a sport known for fighting, but it’s a different story altogether when a parent gets involved, especially when one crosses the line.


Thomas Junta killed Michael Costin, the father of a young hockey player, after an altercation broke out between the two over rough play in a pickup game. The fight between the two men was witnessed by 12 people, including three of Junta’s sons and three of Costin’s children.


Two witnesses said Junta ignored pleas to stop during the fight and Junta beat Costin to death. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter with a sentence of six to 10 years.


Junta was released in August 2010 after serving eight and half years.


Diddy Fight

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Diddy was once charged with assaulting UCLA strength and conditioning coordinator Sal Alosi with a kettlebell.

(Robb Cohen/Robb Cohen/Invision/AP)


He did say he was a bad boy for life.


Sean “P. Diddy” Combs was arrested on the campus of UCLA in June 2015 after he allegedly assaulted Bruins strength and conditioning coordinator Sal Alosi with a kettlebell. Combs’ son, Justin, was a redshirt defensive back for the team at the time.


Combs was originally charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery. However, prosecutors elected not to pursue the charges.


Hockey Mom Flash


Two minutes and a game misconduct for flashing.


The Greater Toronto Hockey League banned Sylvana Gatti for one year from all of its arenas in 2004 after she “lifted her blouse above her chest, exposed her bra, and shook her breasts from side to side while taunting parents of opposing players during a game in Mississauga between 11-year-olds,” according to the Toronto Star.


Gatti’s son’s team was winning 4-0 at the time when she chose to reveal herself to the opposing team. The league received several complaints following the incident, with one person describing it as “disturbing.”


A witness said she ran into the woman after the game, who said to her “What the hell are you looking at? Have you never seen t—s? Yeah, he’s probably seen them on the Internet.”


Parents had been banned before in the league, but it was the first time a parent was banned for revealing themselves.


Sharpe Helmet


Apparently this father was getting his son ready to play in the inmates vs. guards game in “The Longest Yard.”


A dentist in Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced to two days in jail after he sharpened the buckle on his son’s football helmet so it could cut players on the other team.


Stephen Cito spent two days in the City-County jail and was given 400 hours of community service and one year of probation. His son, Mike Cito, was given community service and probation, according to the Chicago Tribune.


Mike Cito was also banned from an athletic competition for a year due to his role.


15 days in jail for tripping


This hockey dad got a little more than a game misconduct.


Vancouver minor league hockey coach Martin Tremblay had to spend 15 days in jail after he was caught on video tripping a 13-year-old player in 2013.


Tremblay is shown sticking his foot out on the handshake line, which leads to two players falling to the ice. The 13-year-old broke his wrist in the fall while a 10-year-old was also knocked over.


After the incident, Tremblay was arrested and pled guilty to two counts of assault. The judge called the incident a “cowardly sucker punch on an unsuspecting victim.”


A laser from the point


The only person who would have approved of this laser is Dr. Evil.


Joseph Cordes was charged with disturbing the peace after directing a laser pointer in the eyes of an opposing goalie during a state playoff game in Massachusetts in 2012. His daughter’s team, Winthrop, picked up a 3-1 win over Medway-Ashland.


The father was removed from the arena by the Winthrop superintendent. Medway-Ashland goalie Kathryn Hamer told QBZ-TV she had a hard time staying focused when the light was in her eyes.


“It’s kind of like when you look at the sun and then you look away you see that spot and you can’t see for a couple of seconds,” Hamer said.


Cordes told CBS Boston after the incident that he wished he could “undo it.”


“I feel like a complete jerk. It was very stupid, completely immature for a 42-year-old man to be doing that.”


The Blindside


One second you’re playing in a football game, the next you’re being tackled by an opponent’s father.


In 2006, Cory Petero charged onto the field after he saw his son take a cheap shot from a player on the other team. Petero knocked the player to the ground after the late hit and later turned himself over to police.


The entire incident at Stagg High School in Stockton, CA, was also captured on video.


Petero was sentenced to 45 days in jail after he admitted to inflicting pain on the child, according to Recordnet.

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