SEATTLE (AP) — Two Seattle-area youth football teams have been banned from the playoffs – not for anything they’ve done wrong, but because of their parents inability to control themselves.
The council for the Greater Eastside Junior Football Association banned the Renton Five Stars and the Bothell Cougars after a brawl in the stands at an Oct. 4 game in Bothell that has now led to a mother and father facing criminal charges.
The council for the Greater Eastside Junior Football Association has decided to ban both teams from the football Gold playoffs this season, although both teams will be eligible to play lower level playoffs.
Surveillance cameras on the field captured the entire melee. Investigators have said that two parents of a Bothell player assaulted parents with children from the Renton Five Stars.
The Bothell Cougars did not qualify for the playoffs this year, but the Renton Five Stars did. The Renton parents feel their punishment is especially unfair.