Over the weekend, Timothy Lee Forbes (pictured) of Massachusetts flew into a rage and attacked a basketball coach after his son’s team lost, biting off a piece of the man’s ear in the process, according to CBS News.
Forbes, 34, was said to have punched the winning coach while the players were shaking hands after the event. Reports say children were flung to the ground as Forbes bit off a part of the coach’s ear. Folks intervened and removed Forbes, and the attacked coach was rushed to a nearby hospital to have surgery on his damaged ear.
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The incident took place at the Holy Name School in Springfield last Friday, where it was reported earlier that Forbes was an assistant coach. Forbes had no official affiliation with either team playing that evening. After turning himself in to Springfield police on Monday, Forbes, who has no priors, pleaded not guilty to assault and battery, disorderly conduct, and mayhem charges. Forbes initially fled the scene of the assault shortly after attendees broke up the fracas.
The Catholic Youth Organization basketball league has said the injured coach is on the mend. A statement shared that the coach is in “good spirits and focusing on the accomplishment of his team’s performance (Friday) night.”
The statement further read, “This is the first time in league history that such an act has ever happened after a game. It happened after a special evening of young people engaging in great athletic sportsmanship.”