GREELEY - A Greeley couple has been cited for starting a brawl of roughly 20 people after a youth baseball game.
The game for 10 year olds was a competitive playoff game, according to witnesses. However, it was after the game when James Dyer, who would later be cited with disorderly conduct, started yelling at the opposing coach that the incident escalated.
Dyer began to walk away when the coach didn't respond, according to court records. That's where the cell phone video begins. The video ends when the person filming appears to be hit, and the phone drops to the ground.
"Give me my phone!" a woman is heard yelling in the video.
Police say Jammie Dyer, James Dyer's wife, was apparently upset that a parent was filming James Dyer. Jammie Dyer then hit the woman filming, according to witness statements.
"[They were] cited for assault, disorderly conduct and theft, because it was reported that the cell phone was taken away and that mom had punched several people," Greeley Police Sgt. Susan West said.
Jennifer Metzler, one of the adults there that night, says parents were rolling on the ground and one man even got kicked in the groin.
"The boys were crying; all the boys were crying," Metzler said.
James Dyer told police he approached the other coach in the first place because Dyer's son had been a third base runner during the game and had been clapping to distract the other team.
He says the opposing coach told Dyer's son to stop. So Dyer approached the coach after the game.
"He started using profanity. The coach was not saying anything back to him," Metzler said.
President of Greeley Evans Youth League says the event was embarrassing for both the league and the city of Greeley. As league officials investigate what happened, he says it's important they figure out how to prevent a similar incident in the future.
"We are looking into maybe some counseling for the kids," Juarez said.
James Dyer didn't want to speak with 9NEWS by phone. He admitted going up to the dugout after the game, but says he didn't start a fight. He says he and his wife were the ones attacked.
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