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    A Springfield, MA man surrendered to authorities on Monday for his alleged role in an attack on a Catholic Youth Organization basketball coach who lost part of his ear in the assault, according to Springfield police.

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    Timothy L. Forbes, 34, of 62 Catherine St., an assistant CYO coach from the city's McKnight neighborhood, surrendered late Monday morning at the Hampden County Hall of Justice, where he was held without bail after denying multiple charges at his arraignment on Monday afternoon. A judge scheduled a so-called dangerousness hearing for Friday to determine if Forbes poses a public threat if released on bail. If such a determination is made, Forbes can be held for up to 90 days without bail.

    Police said Forbes was the assistant coach of a team that lost a youth basketball game held Friday night at Holy Name School on Alderman Street in the city's Forest Park neighborhood. As young players ranging in age from about 10 to 12 went onto the court to shake hands, Forbes struck the winning coach in the face and body with his fist, then bit off a piece of the man's left ear, Hampden Assistant District Attorney Marie Angers said.

    Children were crying and knocked to the ground during the incident, according to Angers, who urged Springfield District Court Judge William J. Boyle to hold Forbes without bail. Boyle agreed to deny bail until Friday's hearing, which will determine if the defendant is too dangerous to be released.

    Forbes pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and mayhem — a felony offense triggered in cases involving serious or permanent disfigurement.

    Defense attorney Philip Lauro pointed out that Forbes has no prior record and strong ties to Springfield. Lauro, who characterized Friday's alleged assault as an "isolated incident," said his client does not pose a flight risk or any danger to the community if released on bail. Words were exchanged that triggered the "horrific outburst," the attorney said.

    Police said the injured coach — a Springfield resident whose identity has not been publicly released — was taken by ambulance to the Baystate Medical Center Emergency Room, where he underwent emergency surgery to have his severed ear reattached.

    Springfield Police Sgt. John M. Delaney said officers were dispatched to Holy Name School, 37 Alderman St., for a disturbance inside the gymnasium. When officers arrived, they were brought immediately to a sixth-grade boys' basketball coach, who was suffering from "a severe laceration to his ear," Delaney said.

    "During the brief but violent assault, part of the coach's ear was bitten off," Delaney said.

    Police said people who witnessed the assault had to pull Forbes from the injured coach. Forbes then fled the scene before officers arrived, police said. Detectives took over the investigation, interviewing witnesses and securing a warrant for Forbes, who turned himself in shortly before noon on Monday at the Springfield courthouse, Delaney said.

    The CYO basketball teams that competed in Friday's championship game at Holy Name School were not affiliated with the school or city church of the same name, according to police and Mark E. Dupont, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield.

    Officials of the Western Massachusetts CYO Basketball League have strongly condemned the attack, saying they were "stunned by this act against one of our most dedicated coaches."

    CYO officials visited the injured coach, who was in "good spirits and focusing on the accomplishment of his team's performance (Friday) night," the organization said in a release. The statement went on to say: "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."

    CYO officials said the organization has a "zero-tolerance for violence" and conducts extensive background checks of all personnel, from coaches to referees.
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    History does repeat itself. but WTF is it with ear biting at sporting events?


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    Can't resist.... cannot stop.....

    I guess you could say That brings a new twist to the expression "You want a piece of me?""
    I guess you could say That brings a new twist to the expression "giving an earful!"
    I guess you could say That it was too EARly for that kind of behaviour!


    Phew. Glad I got that off my chest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VF5150 View Post
    History does repeat itself. but WTF is it with ear biting at sporting events?
    But, Black History Month was February...
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    "Excuse me pal! Consider yourself lucky. You could have been taken hostage and tortured by a cannibalistic youth basketball coach. You ever listen to K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by VF5150 View Post
    History does repeat itself. but WTF is it with ear biting at sporting events?
    Strange that I was watching that fight on YouTube JUST before I read this!
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    Some people take these kids games too seriously like they're coaching for an audition for the NBA. Pulling a Mike Tyson will really do wonders for this guy's career.

 

 

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