10 people charged in T-ball brawl in SW Colorado

Meg Hilling
September 25, 2017 07:22 PM

CORTEZ, Colo. -- Sportsmanship and respect are two lessons taught to kids when they join a team. Some parents apparently missed those lessons or just choose to disregard during a T-ball game earlier this summer.


Several people are now facing charges as authorities continue to sort out what happened. In June, the Cortez Police Department had to be called out when a brawl broke out among some adults.

Only five people were charged at the time, but now that number has doubled. Nine adults and one juvenile are facing various charges of assault and harassment.

Roy C. Lane, the Cortez chief of police, said he is shocked by the incident but the number involved is not surprising.

"Anytime you have a disturbance where there are people, you are going to get other people, bystanders are going to get involved," he said.

According to authorities, there is nothing wrong with getting into a game but there is an issue with getting into fights at games. The chief said it all comes back to one thing.

"Just behave yourself," Lane said. "Behave and let the coaches take care of the kids and let the program go about its way and don't get involved."


Meg Hilling

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