Princeton lacrosse coach Chris Bates elbows opponent

The Princeton Tigers’ lacrosse team was facing off against Ivy League opponent Brown on Saturday when head coach Chris Bates seemed to get frustrated with his team trailing 7-6 in the third quarter. That is when he decided to relieve that frustration in the absolute worst way.

Bates decided to throw an elbow to the chest of Brown player John Yozzo-Scaperrotta. This incident led to Bates being ejected from the game and the Tigers allowing a 12-2 scoring run to lose the game 19-8.

The Tigers announced Monday morning that Bates had been placed on administrative leave while the issue was investigated further.

“Chris Bates, the head men’s lacrosse coach at Princeton University, has been placed on administrative leave pending a review of an incident in this past Saturday’s game against Brown. The University is taking this matter seriously and will be conducting a prompt and thorough review.

Offensive coordinator Matt Madalon will lead the team during this process.”

This just goes to show that there are certainly better ways to handle your frustration. You can watch the footage of the incident here.

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