Michigan parent charged after slashing coach’s tires
According to WXYZ in Detroit, Gary Maudin was seen on video on his way to the coach’s car during a game between the Troy and Birmingham Seaholm high school boys basketball teams. The police report notes that Maudin left the game at halftime, and he later admitted to slashing the tires, saying he was “very upset with his son’s basketball coach due to an issue between the two.”When the coach returned to his car following the game, he found two flat tires, according to the article. Maudin has been charged with malicious destruction of property.
Disputes between coaches and parents are nothing new, and they occasionally lead to confrontations away from the playing surfaces. Earlier this year, a Wisconsin high school basketball coach resigned after parents confronted him at a bar about the team’s poor play. Just last month, a New York coach won a defamation settlement after parents alleged a drinking problem in a letter to the superintendent.
In Coach & Athletic Director polls, athletic directors ranked problematic parents as the sixth most-concerning issue in their profession. Coaches ranked it third.
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