Crying foul: Bills would toughen penalties for assaulting, threatening sports officials

  • RICK OGATA/Special to the Tribune-Herald An umpire officiates during a UH-Hilo softball game. A pair of bills introduced this legislative session seeks harsher penalties for parents, spectators and athletes who assault or terrorize sports officials.

  • SEN. GLENN WAKAI

  • LYLE CROZIER

  • MASON SOUZA

A pair of bills introduced this legislative session by state senators from Oahu seeks harsher penalties for parents, spectators and athletes who assault or terrorize sports officials such as referees, umpires and coaches.