Youth Baseball Game Brawl Video Goes Viral, Now Concern Emerges For Young Umpires


NOW, THIS WESTMINSTER WOMAN HAS BEEN AWARDED ONE OF THE NATION’S HIGHEST HONORS. A CONSTRUCTION JOB AHEAD FOR WIDENING PENA BOULEVARD. THE VIDEO NOW SPREAD NATIONWIDE AND HAS PEOPLE STILL SHAKING THEIR HEADS. PARENTS BRAWLING AT A YOUTH BASEBALL GAME IN LAKEWOOD. TONIGHT, POLICE SAID FIVE PEOPLE HAS NOW BEEN CITED AND THEY WANT TO TALK TO THE MAN IN THE TEAL SHORTS. THEY SAY HE INFLICTED THE WORST INJURIES. ALL OF THE CITATIONS SO FAR ARE FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT. THOSE PEOPLE WILL BE IN COURT NEXT MONTH. THAT FIGHT ERUPTED OVER A CONTROVERSIAL CALL BY A TEENAGE UMPIRE, IT COMES AT A TIME WHEN UMPIRES ARE HARD TO COME BY AS KELLY WERTHMANN REPORTS. SOME SAY WHAT HAPPENED IS NOT SURPRISING. MY STOMACH DROPPED. Reporter: WHEN NICK SAW THIS VIDEO OF PARENTS DUKING IT OUT AT A YOUTH BASEBALL GAME, HE REACTED LIKE MOST. IT IS A LITTLE DISHEARTENING IF NOTHING ELSE TO WATCH A BUNCH OF ADULTS ACT LIKE THAT. Reporter: HE ALSO WORRIES WHAT THE NOW VIRAL VIDEO COULD DO TO HIS LINE OF WORK. I’VE SEEN A LOT OF PARENTS RUIN SPORTS FOR KIDS. Reporter: MAKE A CO-OWNER OF MY HIGH UMPIRES, A COLORADO BASED GROUP THAT ASSIGNS UMPIRES TO YOUTH LEAGUE GAMES. THIS BRAWL ERUPTED OVER A CONTROVERSIAL CALL MADE BY THE 13-YEAR-OLD UMPIRE. WE TRY TO PROMOTE THIS IS A GOOD JOB FOR KIDS AND THIS IS THE KIND OF THING THAT GOES VIRAL. IT DOES MAKE OUR JOB A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT, RECRUITING YOUNGER KIDS. Reporter: THERE’S A GREAT NEED FOR TEENAGE UMPIRES, HE HOPES THIS OUT-OF-CONTROL FIGHT DOES NOT TARNISH WHAT IS ORDINARILY A FUN SUMMER JOB. EVEN WHEN MISTAKES ARE MADE. UMPIRES WILL MAKE BAD CALLS, WE ARE ALL HUMAN. Reporter: THOSE BAD CALLS SHOULD NOT LEAD TO BAD PARENTS. PARENTS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR KIDS ARE NOT GOING PRO TOMORROW. THEY NEED TO LET THE KIDS PLAY A GAME, THAT’S WHAT IT IS, IT IS NOT LIFE OR DEATH. IS A LOT MORE IMPORTANT THINGS. Reporter: THAT WAS KELLY WERTHMANN REPORTING. THE BEAR CREEK JUNIOR SPORTS ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE BOARD DID RELEASE A STATEMENT TODAY THINK IN PART, WE HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR, PERIOD. WE ARE EMBARRASSED, ASHAMED AND ANGRY THIS HAS TAKEN PLACE. AS OF NOW, THE JEFFCO CO-OP

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