The mayor of Monee, Illinois, is accused of punching a youth baseball umpire during an on-field altercation and breaking his jaw in two places.
The incident occurred Saturday morning at a baseball field located on school property where Mayor Jay Farquhar allegedly got into an altercation with the umpire.
An official from the Monee Baseball and Softball League told WGN the alleged incident between Farquhar and the game umpire took place after the second inning over a foul ball and that Farquhar punched the ump.
Farquhar was managing a youth team on which his son plays, involving kids as young as 7.
After hearing from witnesses, a league official said Farquhar has been suspended from managing for a year and is prohibited from even attending games as well.
The village manager, Reuben Bautista, says Monee police have referred the matter to the Will County Sheriffs Department for further investigation.
By way of Facebook, Farquhar says he acted in self-defense after the ump grabbed his arm:
“…[T]here is no excuse for striking an official…in retrospect, it was a reaction which lacked comprehensively best judgement for the coach (me) to defend myself against the physical escalation of the umpire as such I willingly left the field and recognize the need to suspend my helping to coach that team the rest of this season.”
The umpire is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday and as part of recovery he expects his jaw will have to be wired for the next four weeks.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the event as being a Little League game. It was a Monee Baseball and Softball League game. The story has been updated.