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Violence in sports, how long until it happens here

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By Mike Aldridge

I spent Monday this week working in Indiana, which gives me a lot of time to listen to the radio while in the car.
I listen mainly to sports radio but now and then will venture over to the news, which generally depresses me so I don’t listen for any long periods of time.
Monday the news had quite a bit about the soccer official who was killed when an irate player hit him in the side of the head and killed him on April 27 in Utah.
The player, a goalie who had just been issued a yellow card for poor conduct of some kind and while the official had his head down writing in his book, hit the official with his fist causing internal bleeding, a coma and death.
The ultimate sucker punch from the 17-year-old player who is now in jail while the judicial system decides his fate.
The radio talk was two sided with one side appalled at the behavior wanting the juvenile to pay for his actions and the other side lamenting that the young man’s brain wasn’t fully developed etc; wanting to be lenient.
After that bleeding heart was finished, I had to stop and wipe off my radio.  
Ricardo Portillo was a father and a grandfather and now will not see his grandchildren grow up nor his children lead their lives because of a vicious act.
Everyone can form their own opinions on this.
I heard about this for the first time before the softball officials meeting on Sunday and was shocked at first but after thinking about it for a while I realized that a similar incident could happen anywhere including right here in central Kentucky.  
During almost every sporting event that I go there is either a player or a coach or a fan whose actions are deplorable enough to be removed from the game though they are not removed every time.
Apparently, some officials whether it be school officials or the ones in stripes or blue, do not have what it takes to send an unruly person out of the action.
There are penalties in place from the KHSAA that apply to coaches and players who are removed from games because of poor deportment but a fan can most of the time make a complete fool of himself or herself and the worst that can happen is they are asked to leave though, as I stated before, sometimes they do not go.  
A fan who is asked to leave by an official in softball or baseball is to be removed from sight and sound of the field.
If a fan has become so rowdy that he or she is asked to leave there should not be any further discussion even to the point that the police may have to be called to get the job done.
This should not ever happen in high school sports, but we all know that there are some who, while normal people any other time, lose all perspective and reason when their child or grandchild is playing and are unbearable to the umpires, coaches and other fans.
These people comment on every call in a loud voice and in most cases are as wrong as wrong can be about the rules.
My dad always said that the loudest person at a ball game was usually the dumbest and this is generally the case.
Unfortunately, the loud mouth sometimes causes an uprising and this could possibly escalate into an ugly scene that could result in what happened in Utah.
So let’s all do our best when we go to local games at the high school, River Road Park or wherever our young people play. Cheer for your team, not against the other one and keep in mind that the umpires are doing their best.