Coach Suspended After Keeping Aspie Boy Out of Baseball Tournament
Baseball coach Shawn Phillips has been suspended for the rest of the season because he prevented 9-year-old David Gut, who has Asperger's syndrome, from playing in tournament games:
The 9-10 Sandy's Tire team from the LaBrae Athletic Club, whose team finished the regular season 15-3, played without David, despite numerous attempts by his father, Jeremy, to get ahold of his coach Shawn Phillips.
"Our coach didn't tell us about tournaments," said David, 9, as he watched Monday's game between Sandy's Tire and Newton Falls' Zip Lube in a 9-10 Cal Ripken championship game at Burbank Park. "Then, he told everyone else we went on vacation. Before this (Monday's) game, he told us how they had the tournament games already."
Even after being suspended for preventing a disabled child from playing, Coach Phillips continued to make the child feel bad about his own unethical actions:
Phillips then reached out to Jeremy and told him Monday around 12:30 p.m. that the title game started around 6 p.m.
"He apologized to me," Jeremy said. "He let me know that the game was going to be here tonight around 6 o'clock. He won't be here though because they suspended him.
"He said there will be 10 boys in the dugout upset about this, which kind of caught me off guard because he's trying to turn this situation on me because of what he did."