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09-14-2004, 02:59 PM

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jim Stack, the Minnesota Timberwolves' new general manager, has been convicted of misdemeanor battery after a confrontation at a youth baseball game.

Stack was convicted Friday in Cook County, Ill., of punching a coach at a tournament July 4 in Schaumburg, Ill. He was sentenced to a year of court supervision and ordered to visit terminally ill children at a Chicago hospital in December.

According to a Chicago Tribune report on Sunday, witnesses said the incident started when a team of 9-year-old players, including Stack's son, were playing with water balloons after their game. Some of the children ran through the area where a team of 14-year-olds was warming up. Stack then warned Bob Mitchell, the coach of the 14-year-old baseball team, and his players to be careful.

Stack, who was named the Wolves' general manager on July 9, testified in court that Mitchell began walking toward him with his fist clenched. Stack testified that he put his hand up to protect himself and made contact with Mitchell.

But a witness said Stack used a closed fist to punch Mitchell in the face and left the area before police arrived, the report said.

Mitchell told the Tribune that Stack shook his hand and apologized for the incident after the trial.

"I would like to apologize to the Timberwolves organization and their fans for this distraction," Stack said in a statement. "This was a very unfortunate situation, and I sincerely regret how it escalated all the way to the level that it has today.

"This incident resulted from my concern for the safety of my son's 9-year-old baseball team and unfortunately led to a heated exchange."

09-14-2004, 04:52 PM
Why does everything go to the courts these days? Can't people settle their differences? Geesh.

09-15-2004, 12:26 PM
Better question:

Why are parents so much worse behaved than the children at youth sporting events? I was a coach of a U-14 soccer game and one of the parents started going bonkers during the game and went over to my sidelines and started stalking me. After asking him politely to leave, he had to make a huge scene and eventually left.

Another incident had the opposing coach (also a parent of a player) accosting a 14 year old referee for giving his son a yellow card. He had to be removed from the field via police escort.

My stories are unfortunately not unique. I hear from other parents about all kinds of bizarre behavior going on. I don't know what the solution is, but there is something seriously wrong with our generation if we cannot enjoy watching our kids enjoy playing their sports.

09-15-2004, 05:28 PM
Yeah - hockey parents up here are renowned for pulling off stunts like this.

The Canadian Hockey Organization has actually put out a bunch of humourous commercials that typify what happens...except they reverse the roles.

One that comes to mind is a father gets pulled over by the cops, while his son sits in the passenger seat. As the cop asks the driver some questions, the kid is in the background shouting things among the lines of "Come on Dad! What? Are you gonna take that from him??"

But in all seriousness, it does look like its a pretty wide-spread problem that is unfortunate...especially for the children.

09-16-2004, 02:31 PM
Things like this happen all the time these days. I have always said that the best place to coach is at an orphanage. The kids will be/do what you ask of them until they hear their parents tell them different. I have a girl that is involved in soccer for ages 8 and under and the only thing I ask her after the game is "Did you have fun?". That is what athletics is supposed to be about at that age.