Little League season is just around the corner and all over the country, parents are signing their kids up for baseball and softball leagues. But do you know who the coach will be?
And do you know if he has a criminal record?
It’s not a question most parents would even consider, yet some parents in New York City may be looking into their coach’s credentials since a judge has recently allowed alleged mobster and supposed Colombo crime associate, Anthony Colandra, to leave his house arrest twice a week to coach his son’s little league team. Colandra is suspected of being the gunman in a double murder homicide.
According to the NY Daily News, Brooklyn Magistrate Ramon Reyes agreed to modify Colandra’s $500,000 bail conditions so he can leave his Upper East Side home for two hours on Sundays and Mondays:
“My client is a baseball coach of his 9-year-old son’s baseball team in the Catholic Youth Organization,” lawyer Paul Madden told the judge.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on the Upper East Side employs the reputed mobster as a full-time janitor. Colandra also had a Yonkers priest defend him at his bail hearing in January.
It’s disgraceful how he’s using the Catholic Church to make it look like he found God,” a law enforcement source said. “But his past is catching up to him.”
Technically, Colandra has only been charged with lying to federal agents when he denied gunning down mob associates John Minerva and Michael Imbergamo during the Colombo family civil war in 1992. He has yet to be charged with the murders although he is said to have been the gunman.
Attorney Madden said his client is “just trying to stay involved in his son’s life. He’s doing good things for kids. He’s doing a very kind act and in no way should other people be concerned about their safety.”
I know firsthand how strapped schools can be to find parents who will coach teams, but surely most parents would rather have their child sit out a whole season than be coached by an alleged murderer. I can’t imagine that parents would willingly sign their kids up knowing that the coach was a killer. Then again, how many will know? Sure, it will make some news but it’s possible some parents will miss it.
What astounds me is how the church can allow it. It also makes me wonder how well we really know our kids’ coaches. After all, coaching is an upaid, thankless job that not a lot of parents want to sign up for. So when a parent willingly takes on the task, most other parents (myself included, I confess) are relieved. Luckily, my kids’ coaches were all parents that we knew to be decent people, but that is not always the case. It’s scary to even consider having my child in the company of a murderer, let alone being on part of his team.