Coach Allegedly Paid Player to Hit Boy

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    If he really did this, then he needs his azz beat w/the bat used to play T-ball, IMO.

    By ALLISON SCHLESINGER, Associated Press Writer 49 minutes ago

    PITTSBURGH - A T-ball coach allegedly paid one of his players $25 to hurt an 8-year-old mentally disabled teammate so he wouldn't have to put the boy in the game, police said Friday.

    Mark R. Downs Jr., 27, of Dunbar, is accused of offering one of his players the money to hit the boy in the head with a baseball, police said. Witnesses told police Downs didn't want the boy to play in the game because of his disability.

    Police said the boy was hit in the head and in the groin with a baseball just before a game, and didn't play, police said.

    "The coach was very competitive," state police Trooper Thomas B. Broadwater said. "He wanted to win."

    Downs has an unpublished telephone number and couldn't immediately be reached for comment Friday. It was unclear whether he had an attorney.

    He was arrested and arraigned Friday on charges including criminal solicitation to commit aggravated assault and corruption of minors. He was released from jail on an unsecured bond.

    The alleged assault happened June 27 in North Union Township, about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, authorities said.

    The boy's mother asked state police to investigate her son's injuries because she suspected Downs wanted to keep the boy off the field, despite a league rule that required each player to participate in three innings a game, Broadwater said.

    Eric Forsythe, the president of the R.W. Clark Youth Baseball League, said Downs had two daughters on the T-ball team.

    League organizers investigated accusations against Downs before the T-ball season ended earlier this month but could not prove that he did anything wrong. If Downs is convicted of any crime, he won't be allowed to be a coach next year, Forsythe said. The league is not affiliated with Little League International.
  2. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    What a jackass.
  3. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    How exactly did that jackass ever get to be a coach of kids?? He has absolutely no clue what that job entails with kids that age... I pity every kid who he ever coached, and if I was a parent of one of those kids, I would have jerked them out the first second I realized that his priorities were so far out of whack...

    For punishment, he should be tied to a post while Randy Johnson flings fastballs at HIS groin...
  4. DLK150

    DLK150 The Quiet Man

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    Great example to set for his daughters.

    I would certainly hope not.

    If he actually did this, what a lowlife he is. They should tattoo a certain offcolor name that begins with A, ends with E and has a couple of S's in it to his forehead. In big red letters.
  5. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    If it was my kid that got hit because of the coach paying $25 I probably be in jail for :chopchop: :chopchop: the coach. My daughter has autism it is stressful enough trying to balance work; their special needs trying to raise them properly and get them involved and functioning in society not to mention if you have a normal sibling and make them understand. Then having to deal with that; holy freakin cow I feel for the family that has the child and what they must feel.

    Just for the record my son is 7 and my daughter is 4 and has autism so you know where I am coming from.

    He should get jail time and no probation he needs to be in county jail; the heck with public service and counseling he needs jail time period.

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