A parent of a little league player was arrested in Utah for aggravated assault toward their child’s coach.
Out of control parents
Last week the rest of the nation watched in disbelief as a video made the rounds on social media showing a group of parents yelling and throwing punches at a kid’s baseball game in Colorado. This week a similar incident took place in Utah as a single parent lost their cool at a game and went after the coach with a baseball bat.
No parent of the year award
37 year old Andrew Bunot was arrested at his children’s game in Roy, Utah after Bunot was displeased with the lack of time his kids got to spend actually playing the game and decided to have words with the coach. Instead of just talking to the coach however, Bunot grabbed a baseball bat and threatened the coach with it. Other parents stopped Bunot as he made threatening advances toward the coach with the bat. Bunot was arrested for aggravated assault while his children watched.
Utah Code 76-5-103 states “Aggravated assault is an actor’s conduct . . . that is:
- an attempt, with unlawful force or violence, to do bodily injury to another;
- a threat, accompanied by a show of immediate force or violence, to do bodily injury to another; or
- an act, committed with unlawful force or violence, that causes bodily injury to another or creates a substantial risk of bodily injury to another; and
that includes the use of:
- a dangerous weapon . . . ;
- any act that impedes the breathing or the circulation of blood of another person by the actor’s use of unlawful force or violence that is likely to produce a loss of consciousness . . .
- other means or force likely to produce death or serious bodily injury.”
Since Bunot threatened the coach with a bat which is capable of causing serious bodily injury, he is not facing a third degree felony. Third degree felony aggravated assault is punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and as much as five years in prison.
Poor examples of sportsmanship
Parent outburst during youth athletics is a growing problem, with many parents being verbally abusive to referees, coaches, and even the kids. As the problem with parents at games escalates to cases of physical and aggravated assault, it’s time for parents to start being better examples of sportsmanship to their children so they don’t miss games while sitting behind bars.