Apparently, his son was a player on the losing team, and his father became so enraged that he grabbed his son and began punching him in the face - in full view of other parents, who stopped the attack and called police.
- Why did the father react with rage? There are so many other ways he could have reacted. To me, this is an example of an adult who, when he was an adolescent himself, presumably didn't exercise his developing prefrontal cortex much. In brain development, it's a use-it-lose-it proposition, and so he did little or no work to form the connections for his foundation for critical thinking. Sad.
- The father is like many parents. He thinks youth sports is all about winning and losing. It's not. It's about developing physical fitness, social skills, and - most important - aspects of personal strength. Sad that so many parents don't understand this, because it's an opportunity to use sports to help a child grow stronger for the challenges of adult life.
- The father committed a crime against his son. He needs to be found guilty and serve time.
- In the primitive times in which we live, anybody can become a parent. Anybody. Unlike driving a car, using a firearm or working in a skilled profession, you don't need a license. You don't have to certify that you're competent to raise a child.
- Nobody died. But psychological damage has been done, and this fourteen-year-old boy is going to grow up with some serious baggage.