Some parents get way too emotional during their kids' games, and Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams is starting to earn that reputation.
The former major league pitcher was ejected from his daughter's basketball game years ago for screaming at an official, as Deadspin reported.
Six years later, the 49-year-old found himself in a similar situation.
Williams' 10-year-old son was playing in a Ripken Baseball tournament in Aberdeen, Maryland, when things got heated.
UPDATE: Sunday, May 18 at 2:10 p.m. ET
Williams is taking a leave of absence from MLB Network, according to the New York Daily News:
"Mitch Williams has decided to take a leave of absence from his role at MLB Network at this time," an MLB Network spokesperson said in an email to the Daily News. "We are continuing to look into the matter."
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UPDATE: Friday, May 16 at 9:45 p.m. ET
More disturbing news about Williams has surfaced. According to Deadspin, Williams was reportedly calling one child a p***y and ordering one of his players to hit the opposing pitcher to try and knock him out of the game.
Via the Deadspin report:
Sure enough, the first pitch hits the SJ Titans player square in the ribs. (The home plate umpire, who had been made aware of the upcoming beanball, warned both benches.) One SJ Titans assistant coach confronted Williams about the pitch after the game, and reported that Williams stated, "I told him to throw it inside."
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Deadspin's Timothy Burke reported that witnesses said Williams had been arguing throughout the game. Finally, Wild Thing had apparently done enough to get tossed from the game.
Here are the details on the big incident, via Deadspin:
One umpire finally confronted Williams after the former MLB pitcher shouted something to a parent in the stands about getting that umpire fired. The confrontation sparked a face-to-face argument that, one parent told us, was "just like the major leagues." Two different observers told us Williams had to be physically separated from the umpire by other coaches. Williams then refused to leave the field, causing a 10-minute delay in play; as a result of his antics, he was initially banned from the tournament.
Wild Thing reportedly sent at least one expletive the umpire's way. Keep in mind that this happened at his 10-year-old son's game.
Although Williams was initially suspended, Deadspin reports that the ban was removed after it was determined the umpire had acted unprofessionally.
Those details certainly don't make Williams look good. However, the MLB Network analyst took to Twitter to defend himself:
@HitMeSEO to set the record straight. I was thrown out for laughing at a call.then the threatened to fight me.said pick a time and place.— Mitch Williams (@WildThingMLBN) May 11, 2014
@HitMeSEO for those that think I'm making this up.it is on film.,and when he threatened me 1 of my coaches came out and put his hands on him— Mitch Williams (@WildThingMLBN) May 11, 2014
@HitMeSEO the ump and moved him away.the ump said you can't touch me.what the ump didn't know is my coach is a judge. And my coach told him— Mitch Williams (@WildThingMLBN) May 11, 2014
@HitMeSEO if we weren't in Maryland you would be in handcuffs and arrested for threatening me. All I care about is the kids.the entire game— Mitch Williams (@WildThingMLBN) May 11, 2014
@HitMeSEO is taped by Ripken. They have it and it will show everything.ive never seen an ump at so out of control especially at a 10yrold gm— Mitch Williams (@WildThingMLBN) May 11, 2014
It started in the 1st inn, the ump yelled at the opposing coach,then yelled at me.i asked why r u yelling at me I haven't even met u yet.— Mitch Williams (@WildThingMLBN) May 11, 2014
Once video comes out, we will be able to see if it was Williams or the umpire who instigated the incident.