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Mass. man arrested for allegedly biting off part of youth coach's ear

Timothy Lee Forbes WSHM

Timothy Lee Forbes
WSHM/ Springfield Police Department

(CBS/AP) SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Police in Springfield, Mass. say a man was arrested for allegedly punching and biting off part of the ear of a coach on a winning youth basketball team.

Authorities say Timothy Lee Forbes, 34, 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. They said the coach needed treatment to reattach part of his ear.

Although authorities originally identified Forbes as the losing team's assistant coach, CBS affiliate WSHM reports CYO officials say he has nothing to do with their league

"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," Anthony Cignoli, a member of the CYO board of trustees, reportedly said. "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."

According to the Springfield station, Forbes was arraigned Monday on three felonies, including mayhem and assault and battery, and a misdemeanor disorderly person charge.

One witness to the incident described it as "a free for all." A Springfield Diocese spokesman said neither team was affiliated with the church or school.

CYO officials are speculating Forbes is a father of one of the players, reports WSHM. 

  • Casey Glynn

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