A little league coach in California is suing one of his own players after being hit by the 14 year--olds helmet during a walk-off hit celebration.
He is seeking $500,000 in compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills.
The boys father was shocked at the claim, telling KCRA.com:
"I thought it was a joke
"Now, I think its absurd."
The young player was racing towards the home plate to score the winning run in the little league encounter when he threw his helmet away.
Unfortunately the helmet happened to land on his coach Alan Beck's ankle, tearing the volunteer coaches achilles.
"I don't think the boy meant to harm him," said Beck's attorney Gene Goldsman.
"But, this wasn't part of the game. A guy who volunteers his time to coach should not be subjected to someone who throws a helmet in the manner that he did."
"What the kid did, it crossed the line."
Luckily it seems justice will see sense as it is likely the lawsuit will be dismissed on the grounds of inherent risk of baseball but the boys family has reportedly already spent $4000 on legal fees in preparation.
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