A Mississippi woman wearing a “Mother of the Year” shirt is said to have slapped a softball umpire in the face after being thrown out of her child’s game for shouting obscenities.
Kiara Nichelle Thomas, 32, was attending the game between 12-year-olds in Laurel on Saturday night when she hurled profanities at the umpires, including Kristie Moore, WLBT reported.
The 10-year-old veteran referee threw Thomas out of the game but the crazed mum reportedly stayed close, ambushing the officer in the parking lot and beating her.
Thomas was charged with simple assault, with her mug shot showing that she was still wearing the “Mother of the Year” shirt.
Moore – who was standing in for a different referee – later took to Facebook, where she posted a photo of herself with a black eye.
“Ssoooo, that’s embarrassing if I want to be frank and honest about it. But it’s real life and it’s unfortunate it got to this place,” she wrote.
“Next time you go to a tournament and you only have one referee on the field… because of that. When you have brand new umpires on the field who might not yet know everything they need to know…that’s why,” Moore wrote.
“If you feel you don’t have the quality of a referee, you should….that’s why. When the day comes when your kid can’t play a ball game because there aren’t any officials left to call it…THAT.IS.WHY,” she continued.
“Before you post the next ‘funny’ meme about referees being crappy or blind or missed calls on their phone or whatever before you post about how a referee was so awful and horrible and lost the game to you … ….why do not you contact me? Get out there and give it a try,” Moore said.
“I was beaten last night coming out of a field. There is no excuse for that. If you think that’s ok, please remove yourself from my friends list. Referees are not perfect. We never will be. But guess what? Nobody is,” she added.
Moore told WLBT that the abuse judge’s face was “ridiculous.”
“And even now, now, at this point, the physical abuse and enough is enough,” she said.
“I also judge every USFA tournament in the state of Mississippi and it’s getting harder and harder to judge those tournaments because no one wants to listen to the verbal abuse and risk what happened to me happening to them,” he said Moore the drain.
Thomas is reportedly banned from all recreational facilities in Laurel.
She also faces a $422 fine and possible jail time, the Washington Examiner reported.
“It’s just a misdemeanor, but we want people to feel safe,” Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox told the newspaper.
The state legislature attempted to classify assaults on referees and umpires as aggravated assault, but the bill later died.
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