A former Little League baseball coach in California is suing a 14-year-old player he coached and his parents for $500,000 because the 14-year-old allegedly hurt him during a game-winning celebration. The player allegedly threw his helmet up in the air after scoring the winning run in a move that is common throughout all levels of baseball.
The helmet allegedly struck coach Alan Beck’s ankle and tore his Achilles Tendon last year.
“I could not register right at that second, so I turned around and looked and there was a helmet laying on the ground and this young man that hit me was looking at me, stunned,” Beck, the coach, said. “I feel like a victim because, basically, I tried to work this out with the parents. The parents never acknowledged my injury.”
The lawsuit reportedly “seeks $500,000 for pain and suffering and more than $100,000 for lost wages and medical bills.” Beck reportedly only wanted to sue for $20,000, which was reportedly the cost of his out-of-pocket medical bills.
The kid’s parents “said they were shocked to receive the summons seven months after the incident” and that “no one, including Beck, saw their son throw his helmet.” They thought it was actually “a joke” and have spent thousands of dollars fighting the lawsuit.
Gene Goldsman, the coach’s attorney, said, “What the kid did, it crossed the line.”