Alan Beck, Little League Coach, Will Drop Lawsuit Against Player if He Gets Apology, But Player Refuses

January 27, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Alan Beck, a Little League coach who has sued one of his 14-year-old players, said he’ll drop the lawsuit if the player will apologize.

But the family’s lawyer Rajdep Chima said that an apology is unlikely.

“They don’t believe their child did anything wrong,” Chima told the Sacramento Bee.

The case in question happened after the player threw his helmet in the air during a post-game celebration.

Beck claims that the helmet struck his Achilles tendon and partially tore it. He’s seeking $500,000 in damages.

Following the lawsuit getting circulated heavily online, Beck said that he’d drop the lawsuit if the child of Joe Paris would apologize.

Beck said that he and other coaches had told players not to throw their bats and helmets.

“He had a history of throwing the helmet. We had a safety talk about that,” Beck said.

The suit seeks damages for things such as lost wages and medical expenses, which included surgery.

Beck grew frustrated as time went by without an apology from the Paris family, deciding to sue several weeks after the incident.

Lawrence Levine, who teaches law at McGeorge School of Law, said that the lawsuit probably won’t succeed.

“If you are going to be a Little League coach, this is one of the risks you inherit,” he told the Bee.

But Beck said that because it happened after the game, it’s different.

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