“I shouldn’t have to tell a grown man how to act around little kids,” Cordova told KUSA, an NBC affiliate. He said he issued a formal warning after an “an old man dropped the f-bomb on the sidelines” during the game. It was an escalation of what Cordova described as “chirping” on the part of coaches and spectators for both teams.
The warning only prompted even more arguing, which devolved into the brawl.
“I issued it [the warning] to the entire field, and then everybody started yelling and screaming, and it just got really chaotic, like, ‘He should be ejected, he should be out of there.’ Coaches were pointing,” Cordova said.
Two of those involved in the melee are employed by the Denver Public Works Department. A spokeswoman for the city told NBC News that both have been suspended with pay pending the results of the investigation, with one of them among the five cited by the police.
Cordova, himself a baseball player who works as an umpire to help pay for his equipment, told KUSA that the scene was “very chaotic.”
“I was scared not only for me but the 7-year-olds who happened to be on the field at the time. We never thought anyone would fight at a Little League baseball game.
“I thought maybe by issuing a warning everyone would just chill, take a step back and realize how stupid they were acting … but [I] guess not.”
The Bear Creek Junior Sports Association, which oversees youth baseball in Lakewood, canceled the rest of the season for the two teams playing in the game and said, “All BC coaches and parents identified participating in the incident are being removed indefinitely.”
Michael Brice-Saddler contributed to this report.