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Out of Control
William Nack
July 24, 2000
The rising tide of violence and verbal abuse by adults at youth sports events reached its terrible peak this month when one hockey father killed another
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July 24, 2000

Out Of Control

The rising tide of violence and verbal abuse by adults at youth sports events reached its terrible peak this month when one hockey father killed another

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Knight turned around and said to Smith, "Are you talking to me?"

"Yeah, I'm talkin' to you!" Smith said.

Knight walked to the fence and said, "You don't tell me what to do!" He accused Smith of trying to embarrass him.

"You're doing a good enough job [of] embarrassing yourself," Smith said.

"You just shut up!" snapped Knight.

"You can't tell me to shut up!" Smith shouted back.

"Well, you just meet me here after the game," said Knight.

"I'll be here," said Smith.

After the game Knight saw Smith waiting off the field and walked over to him. They argued some more, and at one point Smith pushed Knight. Knight lost his temper, and soon both men were nose to nose and screaming obscenities at each other.

Just as the shouting ebbed and the fight seemed over, Smith started back toward the field. "You couldn't handle the big boys up there," he told Knight, referring to the major leagues, "so you had to come down here and coach girls' softball." As Smith walked by him Knight threw a punch that landed on Smith's right ear, opening a small cut. Smith dropped to one knee, and Dave Roberts, an assistant coach for the Hot Dice, grabbed Knight and took him to the ground to stop the fight. Knight did not resist.

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