NJ Little League Coach Accused of Slapping Teen Ump

Friday, May 3, 2013  |  Updated 12:25 PM EDT
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NJ Little League Coach Accused of Slapping Teen Ump

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A New Jersey Little League coach faces minor assault charges after he allegedly slapped a 17-year-old umpire who had ejected him from the game

Berkeley Township police say 43-year-old Thomas Murphy was given summonses for simple assault and simple assault at a sporting event in the presence of children under 16.

Thursday's game between the Little League Dodgers and Mets included players between the ages of 10 and 12.

Detective Sgt. Jim Smith tells the Asbury Park Press there was an argument about a call on the base paths and the coach smacked the teenage ump in the ear after the umpire threw him out of the game.

The umpire didn't require medical treatment.

The president of the Berkeley Little League told the Asbury Park Press violence at games "won't be tolerated" and said league officials would act accordingly once the police investigation was completed.

Murphy couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

 

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