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Gamboa says sentencing sends 'poor message'

CHICAGO -- A man who along with his son attacked a Kansas
City Royals coach during a game last fall was sentenced Wednesday
to 30 months of probation.

William Ligue Jr. also was ordered to perform community service
and remain in a substance abuse program. The judge said probation
was an opportunity for Ligue to recover from his substance abuse
problems and "become a useful person."

In May, Ligue pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery
for leading his teenage son onto the field at a Chicago White Sox
game in September and beating Tom Gamboa, who was coaching at first
base.

Judge Leo Holt said Wednesday such fan misbehavior is so
uncommon that deterrence wasn't an issue in sentencing.

Gamboa, in town for a series between the Royals and White Sox,
said he was disappointed in the sentence. He said he has a
permanent "stuffiness" in his ear as a result of the attack.

"I just think it's a poor message to get sent to the public. My
fear is should this happen again to another player, coach or
manager in any sport, that there's been a precedent set that I
think is a bad one," he said.

Ligue's son was sentenced to five years' probation and 30 hours
of community service but a judge has recommended he be sent to a
prison boot camp following a probation violation.