NJ fathers arrested in bloody brawl at daughters’ softball tournament

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***WARNING: Video is graphic

NEW JERSEY (PIX11) – Police arrested two New Jersey fathers after they squared off in a bloody brawl over their daughters’ traveling softball team.

Michael Barbella, 48, of Ventnor, had been sending text messages challenging another softball dad, 45-year-old Michael Duffy, 45, of Mays Landing, to a fight, according to the Wimico County Sheriff’s Office.

The dispute apparently started after one of the men’s daughters was dismissed from the team.  On Wednesday, the two men clashed outside the Wimico County Youth and Civic Center in Maryland, as a bystander recorded with his cell phone.

Michael Barbella, 48, of Ventnor, New Jersey (left) and Michael John Duffy, 45, of Mays Landing, New Jersey (right).  (Wimico County Sheriff's Dept.)

Michael Barbella, 48, of Ventnor, New Jersey (left) and Michael John Duffy, 45, of Mays Landing, New Jersey (right). (Wimico County Sheriff’s Dept.)

“My man, this is not a vacation, you need to stop,” Duffy can be heard saying to Barbella.  “My daughter’s off the team because of you.”

“She’s off the team because I want her off the team,” Barbella says.

Duffy tells Barbella to “walk away,” but Barbella declines and the men go chest-to-chest.  Immediately after, punches fly and the fight turns bloody.

Both men were arrested and charged with 2nd degree assault, disorderly conduct and affray.

Barbella was held on $20,000 bond and Duffy was released on personal recognizance.