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Little League coach sues kid

A California Little League Baseball coach who suffered a torn Achilles tendon is suing one of his former players for throwing his helmet during a game-ending celebration, according to Sacramento's KCRA-TV (h/t Barstool Sports). The kid is 14 years old.

But that isn't stopping Alan Beck from suing the child and Little League Baseball for $500,000 in pain and suffering in addition to another $100,000 in lost wages and medical bills, per the Placer County (Calif.) Superior Court summons obtained by KCRA-TV.

“At first I thought it was joke,” the boy's father, Joe Paris, told his local television news station. “Now, I think it's absurd.”

Paris' son allegedly tossed his helmet while scoring the winning run in a game this past spring, and the equipment struck and tore Beck's Achilles tendon.

“He is a good guy who was volunteering his time and now he's in a wheelchair. Who's the victim here?” Beck's attorney, Gene Goldman, told KCRA. “This wasn't part of the game. To have someone throw a helmet in that manner, you just don't do that.”

Except the kid's in Little League, and Little Leaguers do that. All the time. Read more. Yahoo Sports

Do you think the coach was right to sue the kid?


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