Florida parent sucker punches umpire during high school baseball game: police

A florida man Police say he was arrested Wednesday after assaulting the 63-year-old disabled veteran who served as an umpire at his son̵7;s high school baseball game last month.

Jorge Aponte-Gonzalez, 41, was arrested and charged with felony vandalism and disrupting a school function, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said he did on April 18 at Liberty High School in Kissimmee, Fla. Punched umpire Ray Mora during a game.

Jorge Aponte-Gonzalez, 41, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony assault and disrupting a school function for an incident at his son’s baseball game last month. (Osceola County Jail)

“One of the players started verbally arguing with the umpire, exchanging words. Therefore umpire clearly going to maintain control of the sport, because that’s what they’re there to do — to make sure the kids learn everything they can about sportsmanship’s conduct,” Sheriff Marco Lopez said during a press conference. said during

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Video of the brawl showed an unsuspecting Mora walking off the field in the middle of the inning as Aponte-Gonzalez came up behind him.

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A baseball and glove on the field prior to the first game of the College World Series championship series between the Michigan Wolverines and the Vanderbilt Commodores. (Peter Aiken / Getty Images)

Lopez said, “As his back is turned … the father of one of the high school students who is at the game leaves the stands, walks straight toward the umpire and fouls him out. Just ground him right there.” but drops it.”

“The kid was being disruptive, so the umpire said, ‘Hey, take it down,’ keep control,” Lopez said. “They went back and forth a little bit. I don’t know exactly what was exchanged, but … that’s what upset the father.”


Aponte-Gonzalez told law enforcement that he was “defending my child”, but Lopez said during the press conference that he showed no remorse.

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Baseball on the field during batting practice prior to game one of the College World Series Championship Series between the Arkansas Razorbacks and Oregon State Beavers at TD Ameritrade Park on June 26, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Peter Aiken / Getty Images)

Lopez said, “This umpire is a 63-year-old man.” “He’s a veteran. A United States Military Veteran. He does this because he has a passion for baseball and loves to give back to his community. He likes to dedicate his time to baseball and the kids.”

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Aponte-Gonzalez was not in police custody as of Friday, according to online jail records.