Former Congressman Accused in Scuffle

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Police are investigating a fight between a former Mississippi congressman and a youth-league soccer coach after a weekend game.

Madison Police Sgt. Robert Sanders says Chip Pickering, a Republican who served 12 years in the U.S. House, was accused of attacking coach Chris Hester Sunday. Sanders says Pickering also filed an affidavit accusing Hester of hitting him.

Hester, who claims he was wearing a neck brace at the time, says Pickering yelled at him as he was leaving. Hester says that Pickering pulled him from his vehicle, and that spectators had to separate the two.

Hester coaches the team that played Pickering's son's team.

Late Monday, Pickering released a statement saying he confronted Hester because he was verbally abusive to Pickering's son. Pickering said he only acted in self-defense.

Both men could be charged with misdemeanor simple assault.

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  • by jones Location: mtown on Dec 10, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    u better b glade that somebody is taking time out of there life to coach these hard headed kids if somebody was always talking nice 2 me i wouldnt b where im at know.
  • by PublicEdTeacher Location: Local on Dec 9, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    I have seen and heard coaches be so rude and cruel to young kids. It makes me wonder why they are coaches in the first place. I've also seen parents get ugly with refs, coaches, other spectators, and their own children. These are learning years for children academically and athletically. They don't need to be berrated and talked down to. Firm correction and guidance? YES. There's an appropriate way to do this. Unfortunately not enough coaches and athletic parents know, or even care about this.
  • by parent Location: Lauderdale County on Dec 8, 2009 at 04:05 AM
    Based on her location, I am a pretty sure that I know cheer mom and the coach she is referring to. If I am right, then I would say that she is the problem, not the coach. And, after the behavior I witnessed from cheer mom at an away football game this season, she has a LOT of nerve calling anyone else rude. If I had been in that situation I would not have remained as composed and restrained as this coach did.
  • by Local Coach Location: Meridian on Dec 7, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    In my experience working with teenage girls, parents are usually the problem, not the girls. There are always a few parents who are under the impression that their child is more special than the others. They often think their child deserves special treatment and when this doesn't happen want to bad mouth the coach. In order to be a good coach, consistency is key. Everyone on the team should have to abide by the same rules and expect the same consequences. Also, in my experience, there are those parents who will never be happy; no matter how hard you work or what you do there are just some parents who are quick to point out problems and who never have anything good to say about anything. These are the ones who have to be ignored, even if it is appears rude, for the good of the team.
  • by Coach Location: Meridian on Dec 7, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    Coaching kids is one of the greatest things I have done. The kids are great. It is the crazy parents that force so many out of coaching.
  • by cheer mom Location: Lauderdale on Dec 7, 2009 at 05:53 PM
    I can relate to this...Some coaches can be so rude and most of them do not care about the kids. Our cheerleading coach should not be a coach..She does not care about the girls and she does not communicate with them. I pray that she will do the right thing and just quit before some parent gets charged with the same thing as these two men.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    Boys will be boys!
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