Ok, I found out this afternoon that a coworker/friend of 4 years punched a Chicago area Sportscaster in Chicago suburbs
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Sports broadcaster Chet Coppock was punched by a 25-year-old man Wednesday night as the two left Allstate Arena after a DePaul-Marquette men's basketball game, Rosemont police said.
Sports broadcaster Chet Coppock said he partly blames bartenders at Allstate Arena for a fight that led to him getting a black eye.
Coppock was punched by a 25-year-old man Wednesday night as the two left Allstate Arena after a DePaul-Marquette men's basketball game, Rosemont police said. Coppock was not covering the game at the time.
Coppock said he is considering a civil lawsuit, NBC5's Alex Perez reported.
"It was a mean, classless act," Coppock said. "I'm also brutally upset with Allstate Arena for clearly overserving this kid."
James Waldron, of Milwaukee, was arrested and charged with battery after the incident, according to Rosemont police Sgt. Keith Kania. Waldron has since posted bail and been released.
The incident happened after the game let out, although Coppock said he had noticed the man much earlier in the evening because he saw him behaving offensively. Coppock said Waldron was drunk and using vulgarities. When Coppock complained to Waldron, Coppock said the dispute carried into the parking lot.
As he was walking out of the arena with his girlfriend, Coppock said he and Waldron brushed against each other and the man began to "berate" him. Waldron continued to harass Coppock outside the arena, following him to his car, Coppock said. Police said Coppock was struck in the right eye.
"I got to my car, clicked open the door, put down my head for a moment, and the next thing I knew, I had just been labeled," Coppock said.
Coppock's girlfriend alerted security, who detained the man.
"The irony was is that I was sitting in the ambulance and they brought him over in handcuffs for me to ID him, and the first words out of his mouth were, 'I want to hit you again,'" Coppock said.
Coppock said his retina might have been damaged and that he had a CT scan at a hospital.
"He decked me with one blind shot,'' Coppock said. "He threw a punch I never saw.''
Coppock said he does not know whether the man recognized him. Waldron did not immediately return a phone call.
Link to story and online pics/interview.
Unknown to everyone he lost his father to a heart attack right around the Holidays.
Should I call him to lend a supporting hand or let it be?