Anthony D’Elia, 42, was arrested after the February 12 incident that occurred after the Citrus Bowl playoff game between his daughter Brie's Vero Beach High School team and the visiting squad from Boca Raton, Florida.?
Indian River sheriff's deputies said D'Elia slapped Vero Beach coach Dan Dickens’ cell phone out of the coach's right hand during a confrontation after the game.
The smack reportedly sent Dickens' phone flying 40 feet over a fence and into the stadium's north bleachers.
D'Elia was furious because Dickens had yelled at Brie, a senior who plays left wing, before taking her out of the game. She later cried in her dad's car.?
Coach Dickens reportedly grew frustrated with Brie during the last few minutes of the game in which she'd played the entire time up until that point.
'You aren’t listening to me!'?Dickens reportedly said to Brie on the sidelines, according to the TC Palm.
'I haven’t listened to you all game and we are winning,’ she replied before the coach told her to take a seat on the bench and turn in her jersey.?
Vero Beach won their game against Boca with a score of 3-1 before losing 0-2 to Cyprus Bay High School in their Final Four matchup on February 15.?
In the parking lot after the game, D'Elia said seeing his daughter sitting in his car sobbing sent him over the edge. Dickens, D'Elia claimed, had yelled at his daughter during other games throughout the season.?
The angry dad walked back into the stadium to confront coach Dickens, who was sitting on a bench near the field talking on his cell phone with a local reporter, according to a sheriff deputy's report.
D’Elia told the coach his daughter was in the car crying and it was all the coach's fault before swatting the coach's phone. An athletic trainer who was at the scene escorted D’Elia from the field, authorities said.
D'Elia was quick to show remorse after the incident, writing the coach a letter of apology for the way he 'confronted' him.
'I believe it is important that you know Brie’s feelings, but all of that was lost in the way I presented it last evening,' D'Elia wrote.?
'This is the exact opposite of what we teach our kids. I should have expressed my thoughts to you in a more civil manner.'