Police: Abilene coach could face assault charges for pushing referee

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An Abilene coach could be charged with misdemeanor assault after he shoved a referee during a youth baseball game, resulting in him being hospitalized.

The Colony Police Department told KTAB and KRBC that a detective is currently investigating Robbie Johnson for misdemeanor assault causing bodily harm in connection with the incident which occurred during a tournament at The Colony where Johnson was coaching his select team, the Texas Phenoms.

The rift between the men turned physical after a particularly contentious call where Johnson says Phelps yelled at one of his players.

Johnson says he then called a timeout to confront Phelps and things escalated from there.

Video footage from the game shows Phelps’ point as he ejects Johnson from the field, followed by Johnson pushing Phelps to the ground, where he lay motionless for some time.

Phelps was hospitalized following the incident and is pressing charges.

Police say an arrest warrant could be issued for Johnson, and if that happens they hope he turns himself in. Meanwhile, the investigation is ongoing.

Johnson has been banned from participating in any event organized by tournament organizer 24 Sports and he also plans to step down as president and head coach of his team.

The team must also get a new name and new coaches if they wish to continue participating. will continue to follow this story and provide updates as additional information is released.


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