California Little League coach Alan Beck made headlines for the most ridiculous of reasons Wednesday, when word spread that he had filed a lawsuit against one of his 14-year-old players seeking more than $600,000 in damages.
The player allegedly tossed his helmet in celebration and hit Beck in the ankle, tearing the coach’s Achilles tendon.
“I don’t think the boy meant to harm him,” Gene Goldsman, Beck’s attorney, told KCRA-TV in Sacramento. “But this wasn’t a part of the game. A guy who volunteers his time to coach should not be subjected to someone who throws a helmet in the manner that he did. What the kid did, it crossed the line.”
The boy’s father, Joe Paris, called the suit “absurd,” and KCRA quoted legal experts saying the suit is unlikely to hold up in court. Beck declined to comment earlier in the week, but he did speak about the lawsuit during an interview with FOX News’ Shepard Smith on Thursday.
Though Beck was seeking more than $500,000 for his pain and suffering and another $100,000 for lost wages and medical bills, he reportedly told Smith that he would drop the suit in exchange for an apology.
Dave Briggs (@davebriggstv) January 16, 2014
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