Criminal charges have been filed against the Massachusetts man who allegedly aimed a laser pointer into the eyes of the opposing goalie at his daughter's high school hockey game, according to an ESPN article.
Authorities announced Tuesday that Joseph Cordes,42, faces charges of disturbing the peace and will be summoned to a Boston area courthouse.
Cordes pointed the laser pointer at Medway/Ashland's goalie during a tournament game on February 29 in Winthrop, north of Boston police say.
He was subsequently kicked out of the arena by a school official.
Winthrop won 3-1, which naturally prompted protests from the disgruntled Medway/Ashland parents who called for a replay of the game. However, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, the governing body for high school sports in Massachusetts, denied the appeal.
Cordes told WBZ-TV that he feels "like a complete jerk" and that he humiliated his daughter. He has yet to be arrested.
"My daughter, the humiliation I put her through is sickening to tell you the truth," said Cordes.
Further, the opposing goalie, Kathryn Hamer, said that the laser pointer adversely affected her play.
"It's kind of like when you look at the sun and then you look away you see that spot and you can't see for a couple of seconds. You shake your head and try to get it out of the system and just keep focusing, but it's difficult," Hamer told WBZ-TV.
These parents have a right to be mad at Cordes for interfering with their daughters' high school hockey game. But, Cordes' daughter's team should not be punished for his actions, which is why Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's did the right thing by denying Medway/Ashland's appeal.
I guess that is where the criminal charges come in. Yet, the stigma that accompanies a criminal record seems to a bit harsh when compared to Cordes' actions in this instance.
What do you think?
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