Little League coach sues player after freak accident

A screen grab from a story posted to YouTube by KCRA in Sacramento.

A screen grab from a story posted to YouTube by KCRA in Sacramento.

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A former Little League coach is suing one of his former players after suffering a freak injury amidst a post-game celebration last spring.

In court proceedings obtained by KCRA Sacramento, Alan Beck, the 14-year-old’s former coach, says the teen "carelessly threw a helmet” in Beck’s direction, tearing his Achilles tendon.

Beck is reportedly asking for more than $600,000 in damages and lost wages as a result of the injury.

The boy’s father, Joe Paris, said he originally thought the suit was a joke.

"Now, I think it's absurd,” Paris told KCRA.

Paris says he can no longer afford to fight the lawsuit, which hasn't yet gone to court.

Although the plaintiff has refused comment, his lawyer said the boy’s actions – celebrating a game-winning run in the way he did – crossed the line.

"I don't think the boy meant to harm him," Gene Goldsman, Beck's attorney, told KCRA. "But, this wasn't a part of the game.”

Court proceedings begin in March.


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