Ind. basketball dad knocks coach unconscious because he forced daughter to run laps: Are parents today different than they were even 10 years ago?
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An Indiana father is facing serious charges after launching a
brutal attack on his daughter's assistant middle school basketball coach for the
coach's implementation of an incredibly simple and traditional practice: He made
her run laps in the gym.
As reported by South Bend-based TV network WSBT, Michigan City, Ind.,
basketball father Shelly Miller, aged 37, attacked Michigan City (Ind.) St. Stanislas School assistant
middle school girls basketball coach Jeffrey Yackus shortly after one of the
team's daily practice concluded.
According to WSBT, Yackus had punished Miller's daughter and another player
who argued with each other during practice. Yet the only punishment that Yackus meted out was making the two girls
run laps in the school's gym.
It appears that pushed the elder Miller over the edge. When he went to pick
up his daughter later, she told the elder Miller about her punishment and he immediately attacked Yackus and punched him in the
That first punch apparently leveled the assistant coach, knocking him to the
ground, where Miller climbed on top of him and repeatedly punched him in the
face and head until he was completely unconscious.
In fact, the incident could have been much worse had it not been for swift intervention by the St. Stanislas head coach, Robert
Johnson, who pulled the parent from his colleague and helped transport
Yackus to the hospital.
In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Miller was arrested on Class C
felony battery charges and was held on $15,000 bond, which he posted shortly
thereafter. Meanwhile, the school confirmed that his daughter and the rest of
the family were no longer affiliated with the school in any way.
And to think, the entire incident started with a pair of girls basketball
players running laps.
Incredibly, those who accompanied Miller to his arraignment defended his actions to a WSBT reporter on site.
"If the coach is [expletive] with your kid, what are you to do?" Wynter
Goodwin told the station. "You can't talk to him."
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