Greeley couple cited in youth league baseball brawl

Profanity-laced fight happens in front of kids

GREELEY, Colo. - Police cited a Greeley couple with disorderly conduct, after a brawl at a little league baseball game.

Witnesses told 7NEWS is started when James Dyer got upset about something an opposing coach said to his son.

"All of a sudden this guy comes over very aggressively and puts his finger through the chain link fence, throwing  m*****f***ing and throwing F-bombs left and right at the coach," said one parent who did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation. "And the coach wasn't responding to him and that got him even more angry."

Witnesses said the profanity-laced ballpark tirade in front of 10-year-old boys escalated when Jammie Dyer, James Dyer's wife, grabbed the cell phone of a woman taking video of it all.

"Some punches were thrown," said Sgt. Steve Black with the Greeley Police Department. "And there was a charge of theft because the woman, Jammie Dyer, took the cell phone away and then refused to give it back to her."

James Dyer faces charges of disorderly conduct, and his wife, Jammie, faces misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and theft charges.

The Dyer admitted to 7NEWS that Jammie took the cell phone, but said they were the ones attacked.  Jammie Dyer said someone threw a sports drink at her head.
"They were just trying to defend themselves," said Nicole Garza, a witness whose brother plays on the same team as the Dyer's son. "The other team's parents circled around him and started kicking and punching him."

The Greeley Evans Youth League is investigating and offering counseling for children on both teams.

"It is embarrassing, and the thing that makes it the most embarrassing is it's about kids and sometimes parents forget that we do this for kids and not for the adults," said Rick Juarez, president of the Greeley Evans Youth League.

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