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Parent Attacks Football Coach Over Canceled Season

Parent Attacks Football Coach Over Canceled Season
Posted: October 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

This week I came across a story which ties in closely with the article I wrote last week, about youth sports morphing into a kind of  product, and the implications for parents as the consumers of that product.

An American Youth Football player’s father was arrested after he allegedly attacked the coach when he found out he had canceled the season, police said.

The 45-year-old Toms River Indians coach told police that Joseph Oleske, 46, of Toms River, ran across the field after a game and tackled him without provocation or warning, authorities said.

Oleske told a different account to police, claiming he was videotaping the players in the broadcast booth when he found out the coach told the players the remaining season was canceled because of their bad attitudes and to turn in their equipment, authorities said. Oleske then told police that he went over to talk to the coach, who “took an aggressive stance” and that he was only acting in self-defense, authorities said.

After interviewing several witnesses, Officer Joshua Pedalino determined Oleske was the only aggressor and placed him under arrest, police said.

The coach admitted he canceled the season as a disciplinary measure for poor sportsmanship, police said.

Oleske was charged with simple assault and released on his own recognizance pending a future court date, police said.

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