Coach arrested in attack on parent in San Diego

Posted April 10, 2011, at 5:52 p.m.
Last modified April 10, 2011, at 6:23 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — Authorities say a youth football coach was arrested during a game in San Diego after he allegedly punched and kicked a parent, who was knocked unconscious when he hit the ground.

San Diego police say the coach, 32-year-old Saivaauli Savaiinea, was arrested Saturday afternoon on suspicion of felony battery.

He reportedly attacked 32-year-old Mark Cannon during an argument. Police say Cannon tripped over his own feet, fell and hit his head on concrete. Cannon was taken to a trauma center with head injuries. Police had no word on his condition Sunday.

Police Lt. Dan Christman tells the San Diego Union Tribune that Savaiinea reportedly thought he overheard Cannon trying to recruit one of his players.

The two men were with opposing teams of 9, 10 and 11-year-old kids from Chula Vista, Calif..

 

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