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A father has been charged after punching a 63-year-old umpire during a
high school baseball game in central Florida, authorities said.
During a game on April 18 at Liberty High School in Kissimmee, the father
of a player approached the umpire – a disabled veteran – and “knocked him
out” after an argument between the official and a player, Osceola County
Sheriff Marcos Lopez said at a news conference Wednesday.
The sucker punch and the umpire’s fall were recorded by surveillance video
released by the sheriff’s office. People quickly rush to the spot, with
one upset player throwing his helmet as the alleged attacker walks away,
Jorge Aponte Gonzalez, 41, faces charges of battery on a sports official
and disruption of a school function, a sheriff’s office arrest warrant
Gonzalez left the area after he punched the umpire and was arrested
Wednesday, more than two weeks after the game, Lopez said. Gonzalez was
held on a $1,500 bail and told not to attend any more Liberty games,
according to the arrest warrant.
Earlier in the game, umpire Reinaldo Mora had issued an unsportsmanlike
conduct warning to the man’s son, the game official told CNN affiliate
“I don’t know him. I don’t even know his face,” the umpire said of
Jorge Aponte Gonzalez - Osceola County Corrections
CNN has reached out to Gonzalez and Liberty High School. It wasn’t
immediately known if Gonzalez has an attorney.
Gonzalez said during his arrest he was “defending his kid” and showed no
remorse, the sheriff said.
This was not Gonzalez’s first time causing a disruption at a game, Lopez
said, though his actions had never reached this level.
“You need to teach your kids how to conduct themselves in society, not be
disruptive or violent, especially at any type of events like this,” he
CNN’s Phil Gast contributed to this report.