WATCH: South Jersey Dads Fight Over Daughters, Softball
Fights happen often over professional sports, but on Wednesday, two South Jersey men exchanged punches in Maryland over their daughters and a youth softball game.
Michael Barbella and Michael Duffy, whose daughters once played on the same traveling softball team, were charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a verbal and physical altercation on Wednesday evening, NJ.com reported Thursday. Barbella, from Ventnor, allegedly challenged Duffy, from Mays Landing, to the fight via text message and then drove from New Jersey to Salisbury, Maryland, just south of the Delaware-Maryland border.
A witness at the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center, where the softball game and the men’s fight took place, took video of the confrontation, which seemed to be about why Barbella’s daughter was no longer on the same travel team as Duffy’s daughter. “Your daughter’s not on the team because of you!” Duffy can be heard yelling in the video, which can be graphic and contains some seriously NSFW language. The men then got into a shoving match before Duffy put Barbella on the ground and threw a series of punches that bloodied Barbella’s face.
Barbella was being treated by EMS medics when police arrived on the scene around 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to NJ.com. Barbella was held in a police facility in lieu of $20,000 bond, and Duffy was released on personal recognizance, a news release from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
We know two dads who won’t be getting sportsmanship trophies at the end of the season.
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