Fan's Mike Tyson punch out of a local high school coach forces us all toconfront fan violence
Coaching a high school basketball game may not seem like a dangerous undertaking, but a Houston area school is proving otherwise.
As first reported by KTRK Ch. 13, after the La Marque Cougars exited the gym for the locker room, the Manvel Mavericks were waiting inside for their bus when "some angry words from fans turned into punches."
"It looked like it was a left hook from Mike Tyson, I mean he really took a pretty good shiner on him and it swelled him up pretty good."
Manvel Coach Greg Devers entered the brawl after he saw a mother fall down. He leaned down to help, and that's the moment when he was punched in the face.
"It looked like it was a left hook from Mike Tyson, I mean he really took a pretty good shiner on him and it swelled him up pretty good, but he's going to be OK," Alvin ISD athletic director Mike Bass told KTRK. Devers was the only one hurt in the incident.
According to Devers, he was hit in the back as well.
"At this point, our student athletes and coaches have moved past the incident and are focusing their attention on their upcoming contests," Shirley Brothers, director of public information for Alvin ISD, tells CultureMap.
La Marque's superintendent and athletic director promise to hold the involved parties accountable — with any students involved disciplined at school, and any non-students referred to the police department. This incident adds to the school's controversy from early in the season, when the team's then head basketball coach Cedric Mason was charged with sexually assaulting a child (Mason lost his coaching job and is awaiting trial).
This latest punching incident makes one wonder whether school sporting events are long past being about school spirit and healthy competition. As the Huffington Post details, this is just the latest in a string of violent sports fan incidents.
What's ratcheting up the violence?