NBC10 - Ted Greenberg
An argument over an umpire's call at a little league game near the Jersey Shore ends with the arrest of a coach. NBC10 Jersey Shore Bureau reporter Ted Greenberg has the story from Berkeley Township.
Witnesses say a Little league coach in South Jersey slapped a 17-year-old umpire who had ejected him from the game.
Berkeley Township, Ocean County, 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 who ranged in age from 10- to 12-years-old.
Det. 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.
“When the umpire walked away, the coach smacked him in the ear,” Smith told the paper.
The umpire didn't require medical treatment.