Youth baseball coach sues player over victory celebration injury

A batting helmet tossed off in joy during a victory celebration at a Little League baseball game has landed a young player in hot water.

Joe Paris voiced frustration Tuesday that his son is now named in a civil summons filed in Placer County Superior Court by his own coach in connection with a game-winning celebration.

"At first I thought it was joke. Now, I think it's absurd," Paris told Sacramento TV station KCRA.

Paris told the station his son was racing toward home plate to score the winning run during a Parkside Little League game last spring when he threw off his helmet in celebration.

"He was so excited," said Paris.

In legal papers filed in court, his former coach, Alan Beck contends the boy "carelessly threw a helmet, striking Plaintiff's Achilles tendon and tearing it."

The legal filings show Beck is seeking $500,000 for pain and suffering and more than $100,000 for lost wages and medical bills.

When contacted at his home, Beck declined to answer questions regarding his legal filing.

"I cannot comment until my attorney says it's OK," Beck told the station.

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