Little League coach confronts 'F-bomb' fiasco

April 20, 2010 3:29:31 AM PDT
A little league coach who was caught cursing in front of his players is talking to Eyewitness News about the incident. Jeremy Delgado is one of three coaches in Texas City kicked out of the league for the rest of the season.

But even he'll tell you he isn't proud of what he said.

"I handled the situation wrong," he said.

But he maintains his motivation was sincere.

"I didn't like the way they talked to that boy or his father," Delgado said.

So he'd do it again just minus one word -- one big word.

"I said the F-word," Delgado said.

It was April 8 at the baseball fields at Texas City's Godard Park. Delgado says after the last out of the inning, the head coach of one of 9- to 10-year-old teams yelled at a player. The boy's father questioned him, another coach joined in and that's when Delgado, an assistant coach, says he couldn't hold his tongue any longer.

"I jumped up and said, 'This is ridiculous,'" Delgado said.

And, he said a little more which eventually had him posing for a mug shot.

"I was handcuffed, put in the back of a police car and taken to jail," he said.

The father of two was charged with disorderly conduct. He's paid a fine and worries he'll keep paying.

"I feel when I go out, there people are going to say, 'There's the F-bomb coach,'" he said.

It's gotten so much attention because this isn't the first problem at the ball fields this season. Texas City police have been on high alert ever since a brawl between little league coaches on March 27.

The Little League board has shown zero tolerance. Delgado has been suspended the rest of the season.

"I accept any punishment," he said.

He has also apologized to the board, and now wants everyone else to hear it, too.

"I'm not proud of the language I used," he said. "I mean, I should not have used that language, and for that, I sincerely apologize."

Delgado says while it doesn't excuse his word choice, only one child was within earshot of what he said.

ABC 13 also learned he isn't the only one who has been disciplined for the incident. The head coach was suspended for five games for yelling at the child.


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