Livid Softball Dad Jailed for Tirade
Ill. man also spat at deputy, earning battery charge
By Ambreen Ali, Newser User
Posted Jan 6, 2009 7:20 PM CST
Anger against umpires permeates throughout sports, apparently from major to little leagues.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

(Newser) – Parents, take note: An Illinois man who exploded at an umpire during his daughter's softball game was sentenced to five days in jail and anger-management classes for battery and assault, the Chicago Tribune reports. Michael Beck, 47, also spat sunflower seeds on the deputy who responded to a worried spectator's 911 call. Both victims can expect court-ordered apologies from the suburban Chicago resident.

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Jan 7, 2009 4:17 AM CST
I've been to a lot of BB and soccer games and the behavior of the parents is terrible a lot of times. I'm glad that they arrested him. I know with us the teams were the ones that were penalized if a parent got out of control including forfeiting of a game if not taken care of.