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Dan Hinkle

We’re sorry folks, we have made a mistake by prematurely giving the “Sports Father of the Year” to a guy who pulled out a gun during a pee-wee football game. It’s pretty hard to top a moron who pulls out a .357 magnum and threatens a coach but a man in Virginia has managed to at least tie him.

Dan Hinkle is the father of a player on the South County Raptors. He is also the commissioner of the league. The Raptors were supposed to play in the first round of the playoffs but they don’t have any coaches because Hinkle fired them. Did they yell at the kids? Were they grossly incompetent? Nope, they simply played his son on offense instead of defense.

In an email sent before the start of the season, Hinkle laid out the rules of “his” league:

[On defense, my son] goes in and stays in. That includes all practices, scrimmages and games. This entire league exists so he can play defense on the best team in his weight class. . . . He is my son, I own the league, and he plays every snap on defense.

Uhhh.. whatever you say jackass. The coaches played his son on offense because they thought it’d give them the best chance of winning the game — which they did. And for that they both got fired. Meanwhile, Hinkle generously offered to hire another coach but the kids (showing some loyalty) refused to play for any other coach.

So there you have it folks. Who is the worst parent? The guy who pulls out a gun in a rage or the guy who is just a complete asshole. It’s a tough call. Vote to your right.

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