Parents brawl at Little League game

Tempers flared at a Little League baseball game in Columbus. (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Tempers flared at a Little League baseball game in Columbus. (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Proving once again that all of the children at Little League games aren’t on the field, two people are facing charges after a brawl at an all-star tournament in Columbus.

The fight began Friday night after the Northern Little League defeated Harris County in the District 8 All-Star Tournament for 9- and 10-year-olds, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

According to a police report, a Northern parent was playing loud music in celebration of the win when a woman from the Harris County side took exception and told him to turn it down.

The Northern parent complied with the request, but, of course, that wasn’t the end of it. Words were exchanged and two husky men began duking it out and rolling around on the ground.

Police arrived and handcuffed Charles Davidson, 38, of Midland and Iram King, 36, of Cataula. The two men were ordered to appear in Columbus Recorder’s Court for an. Aug. 16 hearing.

“It’s about the most disgusting thing I have ever seen in Little League in all the years I’ve been doing it,” Bernard Ashley, a Little League administrator, told the Ledger-Enquirer.

Rick Chadwick, president of Pioneer Little League, noted the irony of adults behaving like children:

“You got kids trying to show their parents how to respect each other.”

Much of the action was captured on video.

128 comments Add your comment

K-Ster

July 9th, 2012
7:25 am

Once again a parent lives their empty dreams vicariously through the pushed endeavors of their child. When I won a little league championship YEARS ago, we blasted music. The complaining woman instigated this. If you don’t like the celebration for everyone (but you), then GO HOME.

Baltisraul

July 9th, 2012
7:36 am

Why was that moron woman not arrested for instigating this mess. Toothless goober!!

GT

July 9th, 2012
7:44 am

What is it about Columbus? UGA football players getting robbed by Columbus recruits, running backs over hyped and bums and now this.

Willis

July 9th, 2012
7:47 am

This is Georgia after all – what do you people expect? Civility?

ahh yes - Georgia's finest

July 9th, 2012
7:48 am

just a hunch – I’d be that these good ol’ boys have atvs, hunting pics, UGA football, and conservative/christian posts all over their facebook pages. Ah, what fine examples for our children to follow.

GT

July 9th, 2012
7:48 am

Fat men fighting, sounds like a Republican primary debate.

Rollin

July 9th, 2012
7:48 am

A couple of bong hits would have calmed everyone down for a while but they would have eventually been fighting again over who ate the last of the M&M’s.

Rollin

Shawn

July 9th, 2012
7:52 am

Since when did Columbus become South Georgia?

Tee

July 9th, 2012
7:53 am

Good thing this game wasn’t playing on the tech campus, the kids and parents would have been shot, robbed, mugged and stabbed even before the game ever started. No way I would even go near the Joke by Coke.

Jon Gregory

July 9th, 2012
7:55 am

Once again ‘Family-Values’ in action AND ‘on display’.

Yancy B

July 9th, 2012
7:56 am

I am not surprised at all, just a bunch of dumb rednecks showing their true colors. Trailer trash at it’s best.

Rob

July 9th, 2012
8:01 am

I bet the Kids were sooooooooooooooooooooo proud!!!!

Steve

July 9th, 2012
8:03 am

It’s sad to see grown people act this way.

Stop, Look and Read

July 9th, 2012
8:08 am

1. Columbus is not “South Georgia.” Some one needs to pull up Google Maps. South of 285 is not south Georgia.
2. There is an University of Georgia fan there, as shown in the pictures. You should expect a fight out of uncivil behavior.
3. Ask any coach and they will tell you: “Very rarely are my players–the kids– an issue. 95% of the time, the issue is the parents.”
4. Simple solution: if you can fine parents for their kids not attending school, breaking curfew, then you can suspend the kid and the parent one year from the baseball league. In my county–who plays Columbus for LLeague titles every year, the parents must sign a form notifying them of the consequences for an unruly behavior and they agree to abide by the rules set forth with the letter. The parent and the child are punished here and it is VERY effective. No parent of merit wants to punish their child because they were ignorant in handling themselves.

It really is disgraceful for parents to ruin the sport for their children, but it seems to be common place these days.

Conservatives?

July 9th, 2012
8:08 am

ahh yes – Georgia’s finest – not sure they’re conservative. Sounds more like the occupy crowd. To be fair I don’t know of any conservative or liberal parents who act like this. I don’t think this situation had anything to do with politics but of course you’d like to make it that way.

They set a great example don’t they?

Toxic

July 9th, 2012
8:12 am

Oh please this is front page news? A couple of adults got into a scrap, nobody hurt? I worked in the ER this weekend, saw gunshot wounds, stabbing and to many victims of assaults to count.

Rodster

July 9th, 2012
8:13 am

Very bad example for the children, but seeing those tub of lards rolling around on the ground was pretty funny.

tiger Jean (Margie merritt)

July 9th, 2012
8:14 am

These are the same parents that say “My child is failing because you are not teaching him. HE ALWAYS DOES HIS HOMEWORK”. Very sad.

bubba

July 9th, 2012
8:15 am

the funny thing is ,all the kids suck

Shawn

July 9th, 2012
8:16 am

I wonder why AJC didnt post the 2 minute video of the fight? If you search you can find it on WTVM or WRBL and watch.

Antwoine in Atown

July 9th, 2012
8:16 am

I would not be surprised if a fight broke out at a spelling bee in Columbus. Its the Alabama affect… the closer you are to those toothless, catfish noodling, tree killing, crimson tide rolling, backwater republicans… the lower your I.Q.

Shawn

July 9th, 2012
8:17 am

Antwoine in Atown

July 9th, 2012
8:18 am

the parents probably went home and practice the same “family values’ on the kid for loosing in the first place.

Antwoine in Atown

July 9th, 2012
8:23 am

Notice the georgia bulldog tee-shirt in the picture. I am sure the other guy was wearing and Alabama tee.

Urinal Cake

July 9th, 2012
8:25 am

So the average weight of the adult in Columbus is 268 pounds?

styx61

July 9th, 2012
8:26 am

I agree,, The red neck damsel in distress, needed the help of husband, brother or whatever. Why isn’t her smart azz mouth in jail. Its called a victory celebration, if you cant handle that, then quit going to events where there’s a looser and and winner.

Ex-Little League Dad

July 9th, 2012
8:27 am

This spring my 10 year old told me he did not want to play baseball again this year. He wanted to try golf. I could not join the local club quick enough.We play golf together @ twice per week and are loving it.I don’t miss the other parents at all.

puntthemarxist

July 9th, 2012
8:30 am

Of course there are rednecks that act this way in the south…but Antwoine has no business commenting on those “conservative” folks. Take a look in the mirror buddy, your community has got its own issues…which I’ll refrain from bringing up. Have a great day!

XYZ

July 9th, 2012
8:34 am

Willis July 9th, 2012 7:47 am — Willis that’s not just GEORGIA!! That’s the dumb-A_ _ society we live it!!! It goes on EVERYWHERE!!! Just read the dang newspaper and watch the news on tv!!! Our society has no common sense . . . look at the movies, the “grown-up” sporting events . . neighbors against neighbors . . . ETC!!!!

flagboy?

July 9th, 2012
8:36 am

ahh yes – Georgia’s finest

July 9th, 2012
7:48 am

just a hunch – I’d be that these good ol’ boys have atvs, hunting pics, UGA football, and conservative/christian posts all over their facebook pages. Ah, what fine examples for our children to follow.
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That was a lot of deduction from one picture and a short article. I bet you’re a lot of fun to hang out with, at least in your own humble opinion.

Road Scholar

July 9th, 2012
8:43 am

The Georgia fan probably already knows what it is like to get arrested! Just look at their athletes!

“I seen a few punches throwed…”

About says it all!

Lester

July 9th, 2012
8:45 am

I’d whoop up on that boy to if he come up on me like that.

Grits

July 9th, 2012
8:46 am

I agree with Shawn. I was born and grew up in South Georgia and Columbus was NEVER considered a part of it. Columbus was always refered to as West Georgia.

My Two Cents

July 9th, 2012
8:48 am

I am sure there had to be something positive that occurred this weekend. I sure would like to know about it.

Larry

July 9th, 2012
8:52 am

Reading some of the comments on this article, I would say most of you were at the game. Yea like you from North of the mason dixon line are any better.

Kyle T

July 9th, 2012
8:52 am

Funny that the first redneck you see when you open the article is wearing a UGA t-shirt. fitting.

Dunc

July 9th, 2012
8:52 am

I can appreciate seeing a good ole fashion street fight! That’s what’s wrong with alot of people today. Nothing wrong with 2 guys going at it. Just because it’s not MMA?! C’mon’ man!!! Could’ve been way worse people. No guns. I beat a man’s ass in Starbuck’s when I worked there because he got out of line with my staff. Guess what. He didn’t come back talking any more of his crap afterwards! “Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. But you LIVE. You live to fight another day!” Quoted from the movie, Friday. LOL

The Alpha Male

July 9th, 2012
8:53 am

What a shock… two big-mouthed overgrown losers acting like what they are.

ATL Sports

July 9th, 2012
8:55 am

I bet Antwoine was involved, looking at his 1st grade level grammar.

Beretverde

July 9th, 2012
8:57 am

Columbus was and always will be a hell-hole… one step up from Phenix City. As for the South Georgia claim… anything south of I-20 is South Georgia! Stuff like this has happened before in the “Fountain City.” Never forgot the “Don’t clone Columbus” bumper stickers. It is more than an image problem in that crap of a town.

Mike

July 9th, 2012
8:57 am

You guys challenging Shawn’s comment, “Since when did Columbus become South Georgia?” are idiots. Complete morons. He’s being sarcastic, showing the similarities of the actions in Columbus to those which would go on in a town in redneckville South Georgia.

Parent

July 9th, 2012
9:00 am

Our organization does not allow “artificial noisemakers” at tournaments and that includes portable radios to blast music. Celebrate your win with class and just shake the other teams hands and move on. A good tournament director would have shut that radio down before any of this escalated.

More great PR for UGA

July 9th, 2012
9:04 am

Gotta love the super G on the guys shirt…

jon

July 9th, 2012
9:04 am

I’ve coached my son’s football, baseball, and basketball teams for 7 years now and without a doubt, in my experience, baseball is the most delusional, obnoxious, and misguided adult-base there is. Not all the adults involved, but more of them than the other sports. It’s become such a negative time, that I think I may have just head coached my last season of youth baseball. The large percentage of ignorant coaches and loud parents have robbed the joy of teaching the boys.

Jonathan

July 9th, 2012
9:05 am

Come on people, we have rednecks and ghetto people all over the world. I witnessed the exact same type of people in England, just with British accents. Now that’s a funny image, isn’t it?

dienlafin

July 9th, 2012
9:12 am

This is sick. I coached little league, pony league, and colt league 30 years ago. ALL PARENTS should be banned from attending the games. True then, true now. What’s sad is the kids come to practice with tears in the eyes the following day and apologize for the parents behavior.

ahh yes - Georgia's finest

July 9th, 2012
9:15 am

well, i was able to find Iram King’s facebook page, and from what he doesn’t have hidden, I’d say I was right on target

Old Dawg

July 9th, 2012
9:18 am

If anyone wants/needs a solution to this type of behavior, check out the Morgan County Recreation Department’s guidelines. They have a great plan in place and anyone who creates a problem is kicked out for life!

Come on kids, it’s time to grow up!

George

July 9th, 2012
9:20 am

You people are as crazy as the two guys who were fighting ( missed the whole point )

Fan of the Game

July 9th, 2012
9:21 am

What sad is that people with authority are scared to make decisions becauses they are scared parents are going to disagree with them and sue them or try to get them fired. Believe me all parents are not bad but I have seen some situations where parents have been given a say so but should be told how it was going to be. This country started falling apart when we let parents start making many decisions when they did what they thought was best for their kid and not best for the overall situation.