Girls’ coach charged with assaulting own player

Fred Freeman's daughter pleaded with him to stop the attack, police say.

Fred Freeman's daughter pleaded with him to stop the attack, police say.

Less than a week after a brawl between parents at a Columbus Little League game made national headlines, we have another horror story from the rough-and-tumble world of youth sports.

The coach of a girls’ basketball team from Wisconsin is facing charges after he allegedly punched out one of his own players at a tournament in Indiana.

Fred Freeman, 47, was charged with battery Monday after he allegedly grabbed the 17-year-old girl, threw her to the ground and punched her at a gym in Fishers, Ind., the Indianapolis Star reported.

Freeman apparently became enraged when the girl engaged in a verbal argument with his daughter.

The police report describes the attack, based on the account of a parent from another team.

“The suspect … grabbed the victim tightly around her torso. (The witness) heard the victim tell the suspect to get off of her and witnessed the victim start to punch the suspect,” the report states. “The two fell to the ground, and the victim continued to resist the suspect. The suspect and victim made it back to their feet, and the suspect grabbed the victim again and slammed her back into the ground.”

During the fracas, Freeman’s daughter screamed “No, Daddy,” the police report stated. After the fight, Freeman left with his other players and was arrested later at a local restaurant.

Freeman was taken to the Hamilton County jail and was later released on his own recognizance.

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July 11th, 2012
8:21 am

This was a poorly written story. Whos the victim? His daughter? Sounds like the “victim” might of punched first, and using force back was the only way to chill her out.


July 11th, 2012
8:30 am

Thanks, Realist. I thought it was just me. I was confused reading this article as well.


July 11th, 2012
8:33 am

If a coach or father hasn’t gotten that figured out by this stage he shouldn’t be coaching or fathering. And then to go to a restaurant directly after, what is he doing celebrating?


July 11th, 2012
8:43 am

So I guess the ‘victim’ was another baskeball player on the team and the coach didn’t approve of how she was talking to his daughter so he hit her…….which was dumb. Then no one tried to jump in to stop it…idk….that’s what I got out of it…..


July 11th, 2012
8:46 am

The article is written mostly from the eyewitness account of the event given to the police.


July 11th, 2012
8:48 am

this article is an example of why the ajc can’t keep paying subscribers


July 11th, 2012
8:49 am

Hey Realist and Angela, the article makes it clear that the “victim” is the girl that argued with the man’s daughter. The man being the “suspect.”
You two are acting a little dumb, I must say.


July 11th, 2012
9:03 am

The story could have been a little clearer in how the incident was described but the point was made.. this is a sad situation… while we all know teenagers and their mouths can cause you to want to knock them senseless… one must remember who the child and the grown up is…. The suspect (coach) should get some time, a fine and lose his job. He shouldn’t be dealing with kids.

Rex Winn

July 11th, 2012
9:07 am

Language is a wonderful tool is used properly. This article is not an example of that wonder. Also, regarding the comment by bc, I was unaware that the newspaper actually paid subscribers.


July 11th, 2012
9:12 am

Parents should NEVER be allowed to coach their own kid’s teams. If they really do it because the “just love the sport” as they always claim, they can coach another team besides the one their kid is on. Truth be told, 95% of the “daddy ball” coaches are just there top advance the prospects of their own kid, though whom they are vicariously living out unrealized sports fantasies from their own athletic loser pasts.


July 11th, 2012
9:14 am


Parents should NEVER be allowed to coach their own kid’s teams. If they really do it because they “just love the sport” as they always claim, they can coach another team besides the one their kid is on. Truth be told, 95% of the “daddy ball” coaches are just there to advance the prospects of their own kid, though whom they are vicariously living out unrealized sports fantasies from their own athletic loser pasts.


July 11th, 2012
9:25 am

Where were her parents?!!!?


July 11th, 2012
9:26 am

Realist & Angela – what difference does it make. He assaulted a minor, it wouldn’t be any different had it been his daughter or someone else!


July 11th, 2012
9:33 am

All of you that are complaining about the quality of the author writing DO realize that the author Provano is using direct quotes from the arrest report so he can not change the writing to help you to understand what happened. All that being said this is a prime example of why a lynch mob is still a good idea every now and then.

just me

July 11th, 2012
9:34 am

Well, Leo_personified…. maybe she didn’t realize she needed her parents there in order to be assaulted.


July 11th, 2012
9:47 am

The coach assaulted one of his players after she had a verbal altercation with the coach’s daughter. During the assault the coach’s daughter pleaded with her father to stop the assault. Sounds clear to me. I don’t understand where the confusion is coming from.


July 11th, 2012
9:52 am

This is what passes for journalism at the AJC. It’s the job of the reporter to pass along the information in question in a way that the reader can digest it. This is only one example of writing at the paper. There are many others where the reporter will relate a story about a local event etc and not give an address or any supporting information that the reader can use to act on the info given. Even a link to a web site would be nice once in a while.

Joel Provano

July 11th, 2012
9:59 am

Bob, the light blue type on ‘Indianapolis Star’ indicates it is a link to their website.


July 11th, 2012
10:05 am

@bibadbob…I coached my daughter’s soccer, softball & basketball teams when she was young to assure that idiots like the primary in this article didn’t. We won maybe half our games, everyone played, learned and was encouraged.


July 11th, 2012
10:24 am

To me – incidents like this are exactly what’s wrong with the world today. People want to gripe about “daddy ball” when the reality is that if it weren’t for the fathers who want to step up and volunteer their time to contribute to youth organizations, there wouldn’t BE youth sports teams or organizations. If the only payout of volunteering all that time is that little Johnny gets to run point guard or pitch or play QB a little more often, then I say that’s a pretty fair trade-off for dealing with the crap the parents want to throw their way. The best kids to coach?????? ORPHANS – so you don’t have to deal with mouthy parents. The kids are never the problem.


July 11th, 2012
10:47 am

Some of these posts show why the R.I.F. campaign needs to be revived.


July 11th, 2012
10:51 am

Rex, thanks for the “paying subscribers” comment. That was my first morning chuckle!


July 11th, 2012
10:55 am

@ Realist & Angela, it might have been the way you read it because it was pretty clear to me who the victim was because it said the victim argued with his daughter.


July 11th, 2012
11:10 am

@bibadbob – What dream world do you live in and are there any houses on the market? I would love to live in a community where there were ample VOLUNTEERS to coach our youth in sports. I not only coach my child, I am also the founder of an organization that prides itself on not just “coaching” a child but one that chooses to teach the game, how it relates to life, how to win or lose the right way, and respect teammates-opponents-coaches-officials. Of our 6 teams, we have invited but have only been able to find 1 coach that does not a child in the game. BTW-our organization draws kids from 5 counties. This moron is why I decided to start the organization I did 5 years ago. There are bad apples and “political ball” sucks, but without moms and dads coaching their kids, youth sports couldn’t exist!!!


July 11th, 2012
11:18 am

I swear I smell a race card missing. Who is who and what.


July 11th, 2012
11:36 am

Either this article was re-written by the time I read it, or the commenters here are mentally infirm.

17-year-old victim is in argument with coach-aggressor’s daughter. Coach hits victim. Simple.


July 11th, 2012
11:59 am

I hate these stories. I coached baseball, softball, basketball, football for 12 years while my 2 kids played. Not practical not to coach your own kids cause you do need to attend their games. I was fortunate to have good assistants and I asked that they coach my child while I coached theirs which worked well most of the time. Lots of great volunteer coaches out there and without them there would be no coaches at all.

Good parent training is the key because any problems I ever saw usually happened in the stands. My rec league did a great job of this and has a zero tolerance policy and a tough stance on coach behavior. They also do background checks and provide a full day of mandatory training.

In any event 99.9% of games go off without problems and most do something positive for the players involved. All coaches and parents need to do is check the desire for winning and just coach. My goal was always to have every kid on my team want to play next year

The Sweeper

July 11th, 2012
12:22 pm

@bibadbob you’re an idiot to suggest that no parent should be allowed to coach their kids in youth sports because of daddy ball or vicariously living out unrealized sports fantasies from their own athletic loser pasts.. Your percentages are backwards, 95% of the parents who coach are in it for all the right reasons. As others have stated there would be no youth sports without parents getting involved in coaching.


July 11th, 2012
12:28 pm

Sounds like a guy to root for.

oh the irony, Mr. Rex Winn

July 11th, 2012
12:46 pm

“this article is an example of why the ajc can’t keep paying subscribers”
“Also, regarding the comment by bc, I was unaware that the newspaper actually paid subscribers.”

Subscribers pay to receive the AJC in print. bc was stating that this article an example of why they are losing paying subscribers. Now you are aware.


July 11th, 2012
12:58 pm

I have 2 daughters of my own and I WISH a grown man would try to put his hands on either one of them. As a matter of fact, if I saw a man punch anybody’a daughter like that, the police wouldn’t be able to arrest him. At least not from the field. His pieces would first have to be picked up then they could arrest what they could. Where were all the grown men that was there? And he was released on his own recognizance? Better sleep with 1 eye open.


July 11th, 2012
1:11 pm

“I have 2 daughters of my own and I WISH a grown man would try to put his hands on either one of them.”

You are pretty effing sick, dude.

suicide fart

July 11th, 2012
2:11 pm

looks like the victim started the punching but either way, coach shouldn’t hit an athlete. he should have been the bigger man.

suicide fart

July 11th, 2012
2:14 pm

lawdawg, you aren’t very bright yourself (clearly, judging by the last name “dawg” in your handle) … it states the victim threw the first punch and both fell to ground.


July 11th, 2012
2:19 pm

All of you, especially the author of this article, seem to be illiterate or just see what you want to see. Nowhere in the police report does it say the coach punched the girl. It is obvious to me exactly what happened here. This girl attacked a man, her coach. He shoved her away. She or her parents had a fit and called the police, who, of course, arrest the man, as always. But, let’s not let the facts get in the way of a good witch hunt. This is why no one in their right mind wants to teach or coach little league or work with the Boy Scouts, etc.


July 11th, 2012
3:09 pm

Suspect = arrested, Victim = assaulted……. Not sure where the confusion is??? Sad story though.

raymond gaines

July 11th, 2012
3:30 pm

I actually used to live in Fishers, Ind…..wouldn’t surprise me if the girl who got assaulted or punched was African-American or some other race besides white…there is a strong spirit of racism in Indiana….there has to be something racists involved here that isn’t being released…this story is too poorly written….too many gaps….this story probably shouldn’t have been released without all the facts being identified…nevertheless shame on the suspect for showing a lack of judgement and a high level of inmaturity.

Atl raised, Indiana Resident

July 11th, 2012
3:42 pm

Hamilton County is a mostly white suburb of Indianapolis where most of the white people never, ever ever had any type of one on one experience with a person of any other race other than Anglo-Saxon…..the fact that the guy left on his own tells me that this individual that was smacked was probably a non-white american citizen…hence he will get away with hitting a minor….wow, only in Hamilton County and Indiana does stuff like this still happen…Indiana and Mississippi are very similar

Fan of the Game

July 11th, 2012
3:44 pm

The bottom line is that we have people hiring and signing up these people that don’t have a clue. It use to be where your best adminstraters were former coaches. Now schools are hiring people that don’t have a clue as to what it takes to run a program. The first time a parent complains they jump.


July 11th, 2012
4:02 pm

Regardless of race differences, most fathers would intervene in a similar situation:

“Freeman apparently became enraged when the girl engaged in a verbal argument with his daughter.”

In retrospect, I bet that he wishes he had pulled away his daughter instead of the other girl. He put himself in a bad position by grabbing the “victim”. However, the teenaged “victim” appears to have shown no sense of respect to the “adult” coach and resisted/fought back.

Tough situation for all involved.


July 11th, 2012
4:03 pm

Y’all are so funny. Perhaps the article is rather poorly written, but it is pretty clear the coach was angered when his daughter, who played on his team, and her teammate argued.,The hot-headed coach-daddy grabbed said teammate around her torso and refused to release her. Said teammate smacked hot-head coach-daddy to gain her release, but coach-daddy smacked said teammate, while daughter yelled at him to stop the shenanigans. Said teammate wrenched free from coach-daddy, but hot-head grabbed and slammed said teammate to the ground again.


July 11th, 2012
4:59 pm

@danielle Moron. Maybe you can take a night school reading class.

Fan of the Game

July 11th, 2012
5:07 pm

Let’s keep this daddy ball going. Why I can’t hardly stand the little league world series. Daddy always coaches and usually he is alot harder on his son or his son is catered too.


July 11th, 2012
5:22 pm

Sooner or later everything has to become about race. You people are pathetic. The whole world is not out to get you because of your race. People in the rest of the world can’t understand why this country is so obsessed with race. People from every single corner of the world have somehow managed to come to this country and make their own way without a handout. You can do the same if you stop blaming white people for your own failures.


July 11th, 2012
6:30 pm

The description is a direct quote from the police report so no need to harp about language usage in the AJC. Besides, it wasn’t that hard to follow. If the incident happened as described the coach committed a criminal assult. Plain and simple.


July 11th, 2012
6:32 pm

If it is so plain and simple, then why have the police now dropped the charges?


July 11th, 2012
6:34 pm


July 11th, 2012
6:35 pm

Maybe, it’s a good thing we don’t have lynch mobs anymore.


July 11th, 2012
6:55 pm

You NEVER hit a girl, lady or women! NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If the guy felt threatened, disengage and call 911. End of problem.

mattie patterson

July 11th, 2012
7:15 pm

This story does not discribe an assault. What this “coach?” did was “Battery.” As to the victim, a minor and a member of his team, was appropriate. She said, “Get off me.” He did not and she reacted. He had no call to place hands on the victim. Had he felt his daughter was in danger he should have placed his hands on her and remover her from the situation. Had the victim been your daughter, would you feel his actions were appropriate?