This is commentary by me, author of Facing the 7 People-Dangers self-defense books. Today, I use the parent/coach fight (“Brawl over Little League Game”) in Plano, Texas June 14, 2018 to teach self-defense tips that might benefit you in similar situations. It is not my intention (or my place) to imply anyone involved did anything wrong.
From My Sources
Grown men brawl over Little League game view original web page at nypost.com
The coach of the losing team threw blows with a father from the winning team over comments made. It was determined to be a “mutual fight between the two parties.” So, no charges have been filed. more info from cbslocal, original less-edited footage
Highlights of the New York Post video titled Grown Men Brawl over Little League Game include “You got somethin’ to say about second place ain’t bad?” said with attitude in the voice, “You look like you wanna do somethin,” and “Come here.” The footage on YouTube doesn’t include some of those parts, but shows more of the aftermath of the fight. Both show other adults recording the fight, trying to break it up, and calling the police.
The relevant self-defense tips:
- A person can keep themselves from reacting to another’s derogatory looks and statements. This would keep a fight from starting. When thinking clearly, most people would find that preferable to making national news for something like this.
- Statements like the ones made before the fight became physical (NY Post video) show intention to fight. If you say these things, you are more likely to get into a physical fight. And, you would probably lose in court if you sue the person for medical expenses. And, you would probably be unhappy to find the legal system uninterested in punishing them.
- It might seem tacky to record such a thing, and video can be edited to slant facts. But, in this case it probably helped the authorities make the decision not to punish anyone. Too, adults often behave more maturely if they know they are being recorded.
- If you’re going to try to break up a fight, you need a team. The less physically able man wisely first stayed out of the way then got involved again, as back-up, when the stronger man tried to physically stop the fight.
- If you do try to physically break up a fight, don’t hamper one fighter in a way that gives the other an advantage. (In this case, those breaking up the fight sometimes hampered one and sometimes hampered both. And, for some time, we don’t see enough to know.)
- If you would ever consider actually taking the risk to break up a fight, you absolutely should be willing to get involved before blows are thrown, when the fight is only mean words, tones, and looks. The longer video (YouTube) clearly shows the main fight-stopper doing just that when a woman uses inflammatory words.
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