At his son’s high school baseball game in Florida, a man punched a referee who was 63 years old. The man was caught right away.
Jorge Ignacio Aponte-Gonzalez, who is 41 years old, hit an official at a baseball game his son was playing in at Liberty High School in Kissimmee because of a fight.
On Wednesday, Osceola County Sheriff Marco Lopez said that Aponte-Gonzalez’s son was being loud and the judge told him to stop, which led to the fight.
“It’s clear that the judge will keep control of the game… Because they are there to do that. To make sure kids learn how to be good sports… The kid was making a lot of noise, so the referee said, “Hey, calm down!” to keep things under control. They went back and forth a bit. I don’t know what was said, but that’s what made the father angry.”
After the argument, the judge went to a gate near the Kissimmee field to wait for a coworker to take over for a few games, as is normal.
“This umpire is a 63-year-old man,” said Lopez. “He’s an old soldier. A person who served in the U.S. military. He does this because he loves baseball and wants to help people in his neighborhood. He loves to spend his time with kids and on baseball.”
After he was arrested, Aponte-Gonzalez told the cops that he was “defending my kid” and didn’t feel bad about what he had done.
Sheriff Lopez said he talked to the victim, who told him that he wants his attacker to go to jail so that other youth judges and umpires don’t have to deal with the same kind of violence.
Lopez said, “No parent should act like this in public.” He called Aponte-Gonzalez a “coward” who was always making trouble at other games from the stands.
The name of the judge has not been made public, but he is said to be 63 years old. The father is in Osceola County jail on a $1,500 bond after being charged with battery.