T-ball argument leads to huge fight between coaches, assault charge

Cameron Smith

Here’s a general rule of thumb: If coaching a youth sports event, one should not become so enraged with an opposing coach that he or she physically charges them and attacks them so violently that it warrants an arrest for assault.

Oscar Cantu with his T-ball team — WBND screen shot

Sadly, two South Bend, Ind. T-ball coaches failed to heed that simple advice, with a coach aggressively attacking his opposing equal number, knocking him to the ground and pummeling him while his players looked on in tears.

The coaches involved were 32-year-old Anthony Borders -- he’s your alleged attacker -- and 56-year-old Oscar Cantu. The two coaches allegedly began verbally sparring with one another during a summer matchup, with the Maurice Matthys Little League umpire on site intervening to keep the event from escalating in the early innings.

Oscar Cantu's injuries are particularly notable by his right eye — WBND screen shot

According to South Bend ABC affiliate WBND, the second time the coaches began chattering at each other, Borders made a hard charge directly at Cantu before he even had a chance to prepare.

"All of a sudden we were arguing and I was on the ground- I didn't see it coming. I didn't know what happened," Cantu told WBND. "I was on the ground and when I looked around I knew there was a couple of my kids that were crying."

Police showed up on the scene shortly thereafter and Cantu bleeding on the ground, leading to Borders’ arrest for assault. WBND reported that Cantu was recovering shortly after the attack, but that he suffered a broken nose and burst blood vessels in his eyes from the attack.

To think that all of that came from a far-too-heated argument during a t-ball game. The children may have been crying because of the violence, but they easily could have been crying at the coaches’ collective idiocy, too.

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