CHICAGO - AUGUST 2: Third base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt is frustrated attempting to shoo away an invasion of small bugs during the National League game between the Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field on August 2, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois. The Diamondbacks won 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

James Neely, the 72-year-old umpire who was punched at a youth baseball game last month, is suing the coach who hit him.

According to Yahoo! News, on June 4, 2022, at a youth baseball game at White Oak Park in Branchburg, Neely ejected New York Prospects coach Jerry Otero for verbal harassment and profanity during the game.

Otero struck Neely in the face, breaking his jaw and causing a concussion.  Neely is also suing the New York Prospects, its president Frank Cambria, the United States Amateur Baseball League, and other unknown people who encouraged the coach’s bad behavior during the game.

Incidents of these types have increased in recent years nationwide. Some agree that parents and coaches at youth sports events are getting out of hand.

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