Coach sues little league player for $600,000 for celebration
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (NBC) – A 14-year-old little league baseball player is being sued by his coach.
The coach says that while the team was celebrating a victory, the boy threw a helmet in the air.
That helmet then fell and tore his Achilles tendon.
The coach is now seeking $500,000 for pain and suffering and more than $100,000 for lost wages and medical bills.
Joe Paris, the boy’s father, said, “I actually thought it was a joke at first.”
Paris said when he was handed the lawsuit, he was dumbfounded.
He added, “Now I think it’s absurd.”
In the court summons, Paris found out his 14-year-old son is being sued by his former little league coach Alan Beck for what Beck said the boy did during a game.
The boy’s father said his son was on second base when a teammate hit the game-winning home run.
As he rounded third base to score, he threw his helmet in the air.
That’s when the boy’s coach said that the helmet hit him on the ankle, severing his Achilles tendon.
The boy’s father said that he has already paid more than $4,000 to cover legal expenses.
Bill Portanova, who looked at the legal filing, agreed that this is going to be a tough case to prove in a sport where bats, baseballs and helmets are in the air every game.
He said, “There’s a good chance whoever responds to the lawsuit will get it dismissed because the plaintiff in the case signed on for contact because baseball is a contact sport.”
When KCRA contacted Beck, he said he couldn’t comment until it goes through his attorney.
The case is scheduled to go before a judge in March.