Timothy Vickerie, A Virginia teenage soccer player, was recently assaulted by the father of a kid he was rivals with when the two butt heads during a game.
The 14-year-old victim’s father and mother claim the incident happened last weekend during the North American Sand Soccer Championship in Virginia Beach. The tournament attracts more than 10,000 players and hundreds of teams.
The boy’s father, who is also named Timothy, says the tourney turned violent when his son, who is Black, was assaulted by the 38-year-old father, who is white, of a rival player.
This is a 14 year old boy. Concussed and battered.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 17, 2018
He was brutally beaten by a 38 year old active duty soldier named Jordan Grinnell....at a recreational soccer game.
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Fox31 reports that the match on June 9 was closing and Vickerie’s team lead 5-4. It was then that the young boy and the rival kid got into a scuffle over the ball.
“They were grabbing each other and it was certainly getting grabby,” Jennifer Moss, a parent at the event, said. “Then, he punched him at least two to four times that I saw.
“The next thing I knew, 10 other dads had to wrestle him down,” she continued, adding that she also dialed 911. “I was shaking. It was so shocking. I was in such disbelief. I couldn't believe what I saw.”
The teen also commented on the alleged assault. “I saw his arm go up and boom! Felt it on my face. He punched me,” the Vickerie said. He was subsequently was taken to a nearby hospital and was informed that he had a mild concussion. He received several stitches in his face for a gash above his eye.
Jordan Grinnell the father accused of the attack was arrested after the scuffle and charged with misdemeanor assault. Grinnell has since been released on bond and is expected to be arraigned on June 20.
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