as i turned to my paper saturday morning i was greeted with this headline "tee-ball coach charged in assault". of course i just thought that this was a caoch fighting with another coach or an umpire or an enraged parent....etc. you can take your pick most times but this was even worse than that. seems in fayette county (one of the counties surrounding pittsburgh) a tee-ball coach was arraigned on felony charges that he bribed a 7 year old player to throw a baseball at a mentally disabled teammates face to keep the boy out of the game. state police said mark downs jr. , 27, of dunbar, offered his star player $25 to hit an 8 year old autistic child with a baseball because he wanted to win the game. this child was hit in the ear and when he didnt go down the kid then hit him in the groin. when the autistic child told the coach downs suggested he sit out the game. the autistic childs mother confronted the player who threw the ball and he ratted on the coach. the mother said she signed up the child for tee-ball in the hopes that it would help him overcome some of the social stigma he might face in the future. ok, so thats the story. it took me two days to get all this through my head. i can just picture the coach. he probably was some half assed failed athlete in his youth and now he lives vicariously through his children. hes going to make them major league players. this child will never have any memories of playing baseball besides these and now those will be of people trying to hurt him. and i'm sure the star player is killing animals around his house even as we speak. is this how murderers start? what wouls this guy get if they won that would make him do such a thing. did he think if his tee-ball team won that the pirates were going to be calling him up. "wow, mcclenndon is really screwing up, we better call mark downs jr. right away. i understand his tee-ball team just won today". he should never be allowed to coach/teach children in any manner regarding anything ever again. of course maybe in jail he will learn some lessons about how the weak get picked on.
its monday.......what a way to start the week