Youth coach, ex-NBA guard, reportedly punches opposing parent

A fist fight after a youth basketball game has produced an early frontrunner for the inscription on Erick Barkley’s eventual headstone.

"He’€™s not a bad guy,"€ a parent told "He just likes to beat people up."

The alleged specifics are that Barkley, whom you may remember from his brief NBA career, now coaches his 9-year-old son’€™s basketball team. Before a recent game, Barkley apparently got into an argument with a parent of a player on the opposing team. The dispute reportedly was whether or not the parent’€™s son should have been ineligible to play because he is on more than one team.

Barkley’€™s team lost a close game, and after it, according to the New York Post, Barkley punched the opposing parent "several times." The police intervened and Barkley was placed in handcuffs, but ultimately was not arrested because nobody pressed charges.

"€œMy son is afraid to play basketball now,"€ one parent told the Post. "All the boys were traumatized."€

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Barkley’s NBA playing career lasted for bits of two seasons after being drafted in the first round (No. 28 overall) in 2000 by the Portland Trail Blazers. Here’s a photo of Barkley from 2002 while a member of the San Antonio Spurs during a preseason game, although Barkley did not make the roster (traded before season began) …

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 10: Erick Barkley #1 of the San Antonio Spurs during a preseason game against the New York Knicks on October 10, 2002 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The Knicks won 97-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2002 (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/ NBAE/ Getty Images)