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Parent accused of punching umpire during baseball game at Osceola County school

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — A man was arrested after he punched an umpire during a baseball game last month at Liberty High School near Kissimmee, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Investigators said the incident happened April 18 after a player began arguing with an umpire and the umpire told the player to calm down.

Jorge Aponte Gonzalez, the player’s parent, became upset with the umpire, who is a disabled veteran.

“The parent left the bleachers and punched the 63-year-old umpire in the back of the head,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

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Sheriff Marcos Lopez said Gonzalez, who knocked out the umpire, had previously gotten upset during games but was not violent.

Investigators said he left the school before a deputy arrived.

“There’s no reason to take things to this level,” Lopez said. “This is no way to do this.”

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Gonzalez was charged with battery on a sports official and disruption of a school function.

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Jason Kelly

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Jason Kelly joined WFTV in 2014.