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Dad Jailed for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

The next time you're at a kid's sporting event, and you hear a parent berating an umpire or yelling at a child, you might want to kindly bring up the case of Michael Beck.

Beck lost his temper at his daughter's softball game. Upset with calls by the umpire, he cursed and threatened the official, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The police were called. Beck proceeded to spit at the officer who was trying to calm the situation.

Earlier this week, Beck, who pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge, was ordered to spend 5 nights in jail, pay a $500 fine, attend anger-management counseling, do 40 hours of community service work and write letters of apology to the umpire and the sheriff's deputy.

If you were on the sidelines during such an incident, how would you handle it? Do you think the court system is the way to deal with unsportsmanlike parental conduct?

By Stacey Garfinkle |  January 9, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  | Category:  Newsmakers
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Seems reasonable to me. Beck went way beyond "unsportsmanlike conduct".

Unsportsmanlike conduct would be something like taunting the other team. Beck was issuing personal threats against the ump and spitting on a police officer. What did he expect was going to happen?

Posted by: afsljafweljkjlfe | January 9, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. This was beyond unsportsmanlike conduct. He deserves what he gets (got).

Posted by: liledjen4901 | January 9, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of the punishment that the father received, I can only focus on the way the daughter must feel. How embarrassing for her. The article says it was a youth softball league. Can you imagine your father spitting at police officers while you and your teammates watch? What a lesson for all of the parents at the game. Although this incident is particularly outrageous, all parents should take note of this lesson-- remember we teach our children most with our behavior.
coach jamie

Posted by: coachjamie | January 12, 2009 1:57 AM | Report abuse

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