Springfield, MA — After his son’s team lost a 6th grade basketball game, Timothy Lee Forbes has been accused of attacking the winning team’s coach and biting off part of the coach’s ear.
The incident happened on Friday after his son’s team lost in the Catholic Youth Organization finals. While kids from both teams were shaking hands, words were exchanged between the two men, leading to Forbes punching the man and then biting off part of his ear.
Forbes fled the scene after other people at the game were able to pull him off the coach. Reports are that several of the 10-12 year old kids were knocked to the floor and left crying after the melee.
The injured coach was rushed to the hospital where doctors there were able to reattach the piece of his ear that had been removed. He has since been released and has returned home.
Timothy Lee Forbes eventually turned himself in to police and pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, assault and battery, and felony mayhem. His attorney told reporters his client does not have any priors, but Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney said that they have arrested Forbes before.
The Western Massachusetts CYO Basketball League said it was “stunned by this act against one of our most dedicated coaches” and that it was the first time anything like it had occurred in league history.Tags: Assault, Basketball, Biting, coach, Crime, Massachussetts, Timothy Lee Forbes