Sportsmanship starts at home, right? Not in Mahopac, New York, apparently.
The father of a girl cut from the varsity lacrosse team at Mahopac High School allegedly responded in an irrational manner, attacking coach Jim Lieto.
Alfonso DiFusco, 46, was charged Tuesday with second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief, according to Lohud.com. He pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment in the New York suburb.
The incident allegedly occurred March 13. School district superintendent Brian Monahan says surveillance footage was turned over to the Carmel police.
Coach Lieto was not badly hurt.
DiFusco allegedly stopped Lieto’s vehicle and yelled at the coach before reaching inside and punching, then spitting on him.
Fourth-degree criminal mischief is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Second-degree harassment is a violation, punishable by up to 15 days in jail.
Of DiFusco’s daughter, a junior, Monahan told Lohud.com, "You hope the child can kind of enjoy the rest of her school year. This is obviously difficult.