OLATHE, Kan. – Some parents in Johnson County are still talking about a basketball tournament gone bad.
Police confirm a weekend youth tournament got so out of control on Saturday, they had to be called in. A YMCA spokesperson confirms that led to the cancellation of the remaining two games of the tournament.
It was nearly halftime of a YMCA Youth league basketball game for 7 and 8-year-olds. That was this past Saturday, as Randal and Chanda Byers say they looked on, and the coach of one team became enraged with their son, and ended up shoving him.
“It happened so fast,” Chanda Byers said.
The Byers say they were there to watch their 8-year-old son, Rain, play a league game. Their 12-year-old son, Guy, was playing on the court during halftime, when one of the opposing team's coaches, according to the Byers, cursed at him and used racial slurs.
“We were all saying it was completely uncalled for. Where did this come from?” Randal Byers, Sr. said.
When Guy didn't leave the court, his mother, Chanda Byers says the coach in question shoved him.
“It was like he came up and bodied him versus a hand motion. When he came up to do it again, Guy put automatically put his hands up to protect himself,” Chanda Byers said.
That's when parents spilled onto the court at Frontier Trail Middle School.
“This is not right,” Chanda Byers said.
The Byers are no strangers to this YMCA league. They're parents to nine children, and most of them have played basketball in this league. Randal has even received plaques of appreciation for his time as a coach.
“We are the biggest examples for our youth,” Chanda Byers said. “We're their greatest teachers, and if we're teaching them violence, they're going to take that lesson and think its okay.”
Olathe Police spokesperson Bryan Hill confirms for FOX 4 News officers were called in, and issued a citation to Mike Super, 58, for shoving the child. A member of Super’s family says the fight started when one of the Byers children shoved him, and the whole incident is blown out of proportion.
Paula Oxler is a spokesperson for the Kansas City Area YMCA. She tells FOX 4 News her office is aware of the incident, and an investigation is being conducted.
“That kind of behavior isn't tolerated at the Y," Oxler said on Tuesday.
Maggie Kolb, a spokesperson with the Olathe School District, says the school isn't at fault. She says it's commonplace for the district to lease its gymnasiums to weekend basketball leagues.