It was originally thought to be coach versus coach. But CYO officials say the man who allegedly bit off the ear of a winning coach has nothing to do with their league.
New developments to the story surrounding a 34-year-old Springfield man who has been arrested on charges that he tried biting off the ear of a basketball coach at a sixth grade championship game on Friday.
The incident happened at the Holy Name School. Springfield police say Tim Forbes bit off part of the ear of a basketball coach after Forbes' team lost the sixth grade championship game Friday night.
Monday night, league officials said Forbes is not a coach, he has never been a part of the CYO, and they don't know why he was at Holy Name on Friday night.
"As recent as an hour ago we had the actual coach of the team saying that this man has never been an assistant coach, has never been part of the team's staff or roster," said Anthony Cignoli, a member of the CYO board of trustees. "He is not on the CYO directory ever, at any time, never has been. He is not a coach or assistant coach in-standing with us and does not appear in any of the rosters in CYO."
Forbes was arraigned Monday on charges of assault and battery, mayhem and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
In court his lawyer said that Forbes has been a long-time coach and just last season coached side-by-side with the victim.
However, CYO officials are making it clear that Friday night was the first time they've ever seen Forbes.
Board of trustee member Cignoli says he became concerned when CYO's athletic director said he had never seen Forbes.
According to police, Forbes has been arrested in the past on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping. According to his attorney he has never been convicted of any of those charges and has a clean record.
All CYO coaches have to go through background checks. But because Forbes has never officially been a part of CYO he's never had to go through a background check.
"There are CORI checks under Massachusetts law, extensive criminal background checks on everyone from our referees to our coaches and this is a fellow that's not known to us," said Cignoli.
CYO officials are speculating Forbes is a father of one of the players. Coach or not they say this incident could bring big changes.
"We spend so much time concentrating on the referees, the coaches, the assistant coaches it sounds strange that now we have to start thinking about the parents," said Cignoli.
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