Former NBA player Erick Barkley attacks parent at AAU game

Former Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs guard Erick Barkley, who played at St. John's alongside Metta World Peace (then Ron Artest) was involved in a bizarre altercation in Ardsley, New York, when he went into the stands to assault a parent following a third-grade AAU game earlier this week.

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etball Stars of New York team, and was upset that a player on the other team was ineligible. He confronted the player's parent before the game, according to the New York Post. 

“Before the game, Barkley got into a beef with the father of a kid on the other team. Barkley said the kid couldn’t play because he was on more than one team,” said a parent. “After a half-hour of arguing, the kid was allowed to play.”

But as soon as the game was over, a heart-breaking one-point loss for Barkley’s squad, he allegedly walked over to the father and punched him several times.

Police were called, they cuffed Barkley, intending to arrest him, but the victim declined to press charges even though the assault was captured on someone’s cellphone.

Select youth sports are supposed to provide adolescents with the expert training and guidance needed to excel at the next level. Yet, time and time again, we see instances in which parents and coaches show a lack of composure and understanding of the big picture.