A former California Little League coach who is suing one of his own players went head-to-head with Shepard Smith this afternoon.

Smith repeatedly questioned Alan Beck on why he has filed the lawsuit, which seeks $500,000 for pain and suffering and $100,000 for lost wages and medical bills.


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The suit stems from a game last March in which the 14-year-old boy had raced to home plate and scored the winning run. He then threw off his helmet in celebration, and it struck his coach.

Beck says he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon when the helmet hit his leg.


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The boy's father, Joe Paris, has called the lawsuit "absurd," doubting that the helmet caused Beck's injury. He says he has spent $4,000 in legal fees already and the case hasn't even gone to court.

Paris also pointed out that Beck coached 11 more games after the injury. Beck said he didn't have surgery until December.

Smith pressed Beck, saying from what he knows about Achilles injuries they are very painful to walk around on.

"I guess I'm a little stronger than the average guy," said Beck, who wanted to emphasize he is not suing the boy.

"No, I want to make it clear, you are. Because I've just read the filing and that is what you're doing," Smith answered.

Beck eventually agreed that if the boy's family simply apologizes to him, he'll drop the suit.

Watch the contentious interview above, and tell us what you think of Beck's case.