WASHINGTON (Circa) — A parent in St. John's County, Florida was cheering on his son's soccer game when police were called to the scene by a field marshal - a person who makes sure everyone is being a good sport at a youth soccer event.
Facebook user Ginger Galore Williams says when the parent noticed his child pouting about a call by the referee - the parent yelled back towards his son saying "the ref is right." The field marshal who called police was referred to as "Golfcart Gail" in the post and reportedly went up to the parent yelling to say that harassment wouldn't be tolerated.
The parent told "Golfcart Gail" that he was talking to his son but according to Williams, "Golfcart Gail just would not let this go. She continued to harass and beleaguer this parent. The gentleman offered to leave in order to avoid a situation." As the parent was leaving, "Golfcart Gail" called police because she "no longer felt safe with his threatening behavior," according to Williams' account.
"This man was peacefully leaving his own son's soccer game to avoid exactly this situation," Williams said. "Shame on you Golfcart Gail for what you did to this man and to the children who had to see this. Can you imagine how afraid his child must have been to see this happening?! Do you know how quickly in America a situation can go wrong?"
Gary Easom, president of the Ponte Vedra Athletic Association, tells First Coast News the social media post by Williams mischaracterizes the situation. Two other parents were kicked out of the game for rude behavior before this incident. He also says parents are not allowed to approach their children during the game.
Police did not detain the father involved in the incident. Williams believes this is a case of "SOCCER WHILE BLACK."