As we’ve shared with you before, sports have a way of making people get unnecessarily heated, and little league games can sometimes be the most intense.
But normally, parents are the ones to get upset about a bad call or a disappointing loss, not coaches.
When a softball game in Cypress, Texas turned nasty last week, coach James Schmidt was the one blamed for a bold attack on 60-year-old grandmother Donna Edwards.
Luckily - for Edwards, but not Schmidt - the attack was caught on her cell phone camera.
Warning: this video features violence and foul language.
This is what Bubba Schmidt does when he gets mad. I was videotaping his son shooting the bird at everyone. His dad, Bubba Schmidt, coach of the memorial sting, decided he wanted my phone. Look what he did.Posted by Donna Edwards on Saturday, February 16, 2019
Edwards was in the stands on Saturday for her 11-year-old granddaughter’s ball game. She says she approached the diamond with her camera out to film a teenager who was cursing in the stands.
For some reason, the coach identified as Schmidt rushed to the bleachers and appeared to knock Edwards to the ground before the camera shut off.
Edwards later told the Houston Chronicle that the cursing teen appeared to be Schmidt’s son, which could explain the surprise attack.
"He body slammed me," she told the Chronicle. "He just charged at me like a football player and he was going for my phone."
Local news reports say that Edward’s son pulled the coach off her, while Schmidt continued to hit her.
"He wanted to fight. He didn’t care who he was going to fight. Whether it was a 40-year-old man or a 60-year-old woman, it didn’t matter," Edwards told KHOU.
Edwards says her injuries, which required two emergency room visits, included a hematoma on her leg.
While the enraged coach fled the scene before police arrive, a warrant for his arrest was issued by Harris County police and the coach turned himself in on Wednesday.
The Cy-Fair Texas Sting Softball’s website reported that Schmidt lost his coaching position over the "unacceptable" attack.
Edwards applauded the decision, telling KTRK that Schmidt "has absolutely no business being around kids."
The grandmother says she’s still living with neck and back pain from the attack, and wants Schmidt to be held accountable for his behavior.
Sadly, she’s not the only one who was affected by the coach’s outburst. Edwards’ granddaughter also chose to leave the softball league after three years on the same team.