Pickering, Coach Post Bond

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A former congressman and a youth-league coach posted $500 bonds Wednesday in connection with a fight after a weekend soccer match.

Lawyers for Chris Hester and former U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering were served warrants late Tuesday.

Madison Police Master Sgt. Robert Sanders says the men were given Jan. 14 court dates after filing complaints of misdemeanor simple assault against the other.

The incident occurred Sunday at a Madison soccer field. Hester claims Pickering yelled at him and pulled him from his car as he tried to leave.

Pickering says he confronted Hester because he verbally abused his son, who was playing for the team opposing Hester's. He says Hester attacked him first.

Pickering said he had asked that the situation be resolved outside of a courtroom.

"I'm willing to sit down with Mr. Hester at any point, any place, resolve this, shake hands, and set a good example for the kids on the teams of the soccer league," said Pickering. "Instead of lawyer-to-lawyer, I'd like it to be man-to-man, shake hands and move on."

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