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Punishment for fight at JV baseball game needs to be heavy

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The video, the audio — oh yes, the audio — the comments online … Welcome to another wonderful day in society as we know it.

All things disgusting are found in a four-minute video taken Monday at Granite Bay High School, when the Del Campo and Yuba City JV baseball teams fought during a tournament game: the blows, for starters, the stream of F bombs that followed, the threats, adults deciding it was OK to head toward the fight instead of staying where they belonged — on the other side of the fence — including one that shouted, with two middle fingers in the air, “I DON’T GIVE A @*#^,” after being told she was ejected from the stadium.

Aside: Wonder how many children were at the game?

Of course, as goes with the territory, this all occurred with cameras rolling. The video went right to YouTube, opening the gates for the predictable flood of personal attacks — name-calling, physical insults … You know the routine.

When you think about it, the general spew of those comment boards wasn’t all that different from the trash talk that supposedly went on during the game, or the threats that bellowed after the players were separated, with the cameras still filming.

Did the trash talk make the situation better? Or worse?

The San Juan and Yuba City unified school districts were continuing their investigations Thursday. Yuba City Superintendent Nancy Aaberg confirmed suspensions, though she couldn’t say how many. San Juan’s investigation likely will conclude early next week, according to Trent Allen, senior director of community relations.

OK, now’s their chance. Yuba City and San Juan need to come down hard — on the players, on the adults who went onto the field and made the problem worse instead of better, and on any coach who helped fuel the fire instead of being a leader.

Don’t sleep on it and go soft. Following any incident in youth sports, we always hear first and foremost, “Don’t take it out on the kids.” These guys are in high school now. They know better. They knew better when they yapped, when they left their dugouts and when they started throwing punches. Teach them now, and the adults, too. Anybody that went onto that field that wasn’t wearing a uniform needs to be done for the year.

We live in a I-don’t-give-a-@*#^ age. That’s cool in the eyes of too many people, and a major problem in our daily lives. Rules are for everyone else; not me. Adults should behave themselves at sports events … until something happens I don’t like; then it’s OK. To heck with personal accountability; it was the other guy’s fault.

We’ve been educated in behavior at sports events long enough now that we all know better. So when we cross that line, we need to be shown the door.

No excuses.