Flipping Out: A Recent History of Little League Parents Going H.A.M.

Scorned Lover, Horrible Coach

Date: October 2011

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Michael Smith was carrying a couple of drug and alcohol convictions under his belt. Those charges were, apparently, docile enough to pass a background check by a New Mexico little league. Albuquerque's live and let live policy would come back to haunt them. Angered by the sight of his ex-wife's boyfriend, Smith jumped out from the dugout during a game and beat the man on the field, in front of horrified eight-year-old children.

As responsible adults, the two took their fight across the street where Smith bashed his combatant's head in with a crowbar. The gash was so severe that the victim required nine staples. In a bold administrative move, the New Mexico little league suspended Smith until "the court case gets sorted out."

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