SI Little League coach banned from amateur baseball for punching umpire, 72, in NJ

Jerry Otero mugshot
Jerry Otero mugshot Photo credit Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

BRANCHBURG TOWNSHIP, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- A Staten Island Little League baseball coach, who is also a parent of a player, was arrested on Tuesday for punching a 72-year-old umpire in the face after the official tried to kick him out of a game in New Jersey for using foul language.

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Jerry Otero, 40, allegedly broke the ump’s jaw and gave him a concussion at a June 4 New York Prospects travel team game around 8 p.m. in Branchburg, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

The umpire's jaw had to be wired shut following the attack, but he intends to return to the diamond as soon as he's recovered.

The Prospects are a member of a 13U league -- meaning it's for children who are 13 years old or under.

“This happened in front of both teams of a 13-year-old kids, their families watching the game, tournament site hosts and bystanders from other teams also participating in the tournament at the complex,” United States Amateur Baseball League president Brian Schifilliti told the New York Post.

Otero received a lifetime ban from the USABL after he turned himself in on Tuesday.

Police charged him with aggravated assault and assault at a youth sports event.

He was held at Somerset County Jail.