Cops: Losing Coach Bites Off Winning Coach’s Ear After Youth Basketball Game

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — An assistant coach of a losing team is accused of biting off a piece of the winning coach’s ear following a youth basketball game Friday night.

Springfield police say Timothy Lee Forbes, 34, turned himself in before noon Monday, according to the Hartford Courant.

Police say Forbes attacked the winning coach as the Catholic Youth Organization teams of fifth- and sixth-graders shook hands at the end of the game Friday night at the Holy Name school.

The coach needed treatment for his injuries.

One witness described the following fracas as “a free for all.”

“The guy attacked him and then it was a free for all, it was nuts,” eyewitness Steve Moccio told WWLP-TV.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Springfield said neither team was affiliated with the church or school.

Forbes has been charged with assault.

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