Fred Freeman, Wisconsin basketball coach, allegedly beats up female player, 17, after loss

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Freeman didn't handle losing well, to say the least.
Talk about taking youth sports way too seriously.

Fred Freeman, a 47-year-old basketball coach from Hartford, Wisconsin, faces a misdemeanor battery charge after he allegedly beat up one of his own players, a 17-year-old girl from Milwaukee, after his team lost a tournament game yesterday in Fishers, Indiana.

Freeman's own daughter watched the assault and begged her father to stop, police say.

Jean Washington, a parent from another team who witnessed the incident, told police she saw "the suspect... [grab] the victim tightly around her torso, [then] start to punch the victim."

"The two fell to the ground, and the victim continued to resist the suspect," police, paraphrasing Washington's account, said in a criminal complaint. "The suspect and victim made it back to their feet, and the suspect grabbed the victim again and slammed her back into the ground."

At that point, the coach's daughter sought to intervene, police say.

"Ms. Washington observed the suspect's daughter yelling, 'No, Daddy.' The suspect then got up and threw the victim's [tournament] badge into [a] tree... Washington then escorted the victim back inside the building as the suspect left the area with the other team members."

The Associated Press reports that Freeman "punched [the victim] in the face" and "put his hands around her throat."

Following the alleged assault, Freeman apparently carried on as if it were no big deal and went to a restaurant to get a bite to eat with his players. But witnesses who saw the incident called police, and officers said the victim had scratches and abrasions on her skin consistent with witness accounts.

Police then went to the restaurant where Freeman was eating. He admitted to "restraining" the girl, but said she attacked him first. Witnesses and parents, however, reported that Freeman was the aggressor, and he was hauled to jail. He was released on his own recognizance today.

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Jack
Jack

What happens when bigoted white guy gets into argument with foul mouthed black player after loss?  Too often "dad'coach" works at the younger levels, but the coach peaks out along the way.  Result:  the coach tries to maintain control by old means.  Players won't respect that.

Getalife
Getalife

Weird that charges were dropped! Maybe we get facts before we report

Wingerguyforlife
Wingerguyforlife

This guy is a frigging piece of crap who deserves double what he dished out, and from the father of the girl he beat up.  

Albatross
Albatross

Males are typically stronger than females, while adults are typically stronger than children. So an adult male who attacks a juvenile female is a bully considerably stronger than his victim.

Dab
Dab

 Why does the gender matter

Bruce Burnside
Bruce Burnside

Why do people never do these thing in my presence? 

Big Fella
Big Fella

Funny. The coaches I spoke with were at the facility when this happened. Do you believe everything you read or do you try to learn the facts before making judgement?

cmrbts
cmrbts

This "coach" has a reputation for being a hot head and a jerk coaching games, both to refs and players.  His delusional fantasies of his daughter being a D1 player have led him to devote the better part of 8 years to carting her to every camp and tournament around.  His “select” teams have always been a showcase for her.  He lives in Hartford, but that is where the connection to Hartford ends.  His daughter has been attending neighboring Slinger since Freshman year.  I feel sorry for the daughter who is obviously caught in a web of a father trying desperately to live vicariously through her and filling her head and those of some of her teammates with “illusions of grandeur.” This is not a surprise, guilty or not.

Tony
Tony

Interesting, he has his own electrical company in Hartford...

Tony
Tony

Something tells me he's got far worse coming to him.... Everyone now knows his name - the rest is easy to find, including him.

gregorsamsa
gregorsamsa

If he attacked a player like this, it makes one wonder if his daughter or other family members have also been assaulted too, out of the presence of witnesses.

MinneapolisMang
MinneapolisMang

If I saw someone do this to my daughter, it would not be pretty.

MrGasso
MrGasso

Hit his balls with a bat!

What?
What?

"...saw "the suspect... [grab] the victim tightly around her torso, [then] start to punch the suspect." Huh?

Truth
Truth

@What? Exactly! The girl was the one doing the punching and the reporter is an idiot for not checking facts.

Gay Ted
Gay Ted

Sports are so meaningless

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

Most actual criminals go relatively unpunished. This guy would get his ass kicked and humiliated (which is absolutely what he needs) if he were to get locked up. Meanwhile, at any given time around 20% of US incarcerated are in for marijuana. The system is not your friend.

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