A soccer referee administrator for Beverly Hills AYSO recently called it quits in a scathing email to parents saying he despises them for being “entitled.”
Furious over “behavior on the sidelines,” Avery Krut lashed out at parents as he announced his departure.
From Krut’s email, as published by the Ankler:
This will be my last year as your Referee Administrator and I will no longer be the Game Scheduler. And there’s a reason, I have come to despise so many of you and I hold so many of you in contempt.
Your behavior on the sidelines has, for far too long, been disrespectful and you are damaging the children. You have said nasty things to and about too many Referees and it must come to an end.
I can no longer be involved with so many people who feel so entitled. People threatening to write up a Referee because he was wearing a protective boot was the last straw. The behavior on the sidelines has been dispicable too often.
It’s too bad, the vast majority of you are wonderful people but I need to depart the land of entitlement where too many of you think that everything has to go your way and you take every comment or email I write as a personal attack on something you hold dear, when all I’m doing is trying to get your attention that you have an obligation to volunteer.
So, I’m done…and it’s your loss.
I will continue to referee but I will no longer, as of December 17, be involved in the administrative matters.
Obviously, parents will support their kids on the sidelines, often disagreeing with game officials. That should naturally come with the territory of being a referee.
Krut, however, thinks things have gotten worse, and he doesn’t just blame the parents.
He also blame President Trump.
“Is it worse now than it has been? Maybe, maybe not,” Krut told LA Weekly. “Since 2016, people have said more silly things than ever before. It’s their inner Donald Trump coming out.”
Krut’s had it with parental criticism, and he claims their “silly” behavior has been exasperated by the Trump presidency.
Beverly Hills AYSO regional commissioner Alex Grossman quickly followed Krut’s email with another, hoping to ease the tension brought on by the “unfortunate E-mail today.”
“Earlier today Avery Krut sent out an e-mail to all volunteers expressing certain views,” Grossman wrote. “While we respect and appreciate all of the years he has given to our Region, the views stated in his e-mail are his personal opinions and do not represent the Beverly Hills Region 76 Board.”
LA Weekly reports:
“He certainly wanted to go out with a bang,” says AYSO national executive director Mike Hoyer. “We’re disappointed that someone has gotten to the point of their frustration that they don’t want to continue. That’s just tough.”
Hoyer says he sympathizes with what Krut has gone through but doesn’t condone the way the message “was delivered” […]
“I’ve had people say everything to me,” Krut says. “As with everything in the Westside of L.A., it’s a sense of entitlement about everything.”
The worst behavior, he says, comes out during a program AYSO has called Extra, where more competitive kids play against others from all over the city.
“They think their kids are all mini-Messis,” Krut says of the parents. “Somehow, every bad call or mistake of their coach is going to permanently damage their child.”
The final straw, he says, was during an Extra game, when one of his assistant referees showed up for a game wearing a protective boot. A mother on the sidelines said to Krut, “Avery, he’s wearing a boot. If we were the away team, we would file a report.”
“Why don’t we wait to see how he does?” Krut responded. “She goes, ‘This is Extra!’ As if the Extra needs FIFA-qualified referees! This is a game of 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds!”
Angry at “entitled” parents for causing a fuss over ten to twelve year-olds, Krut had no problem fussing himself over parent behavior.
Is Krut overreacting? Blaming the president for his referee woes certainly hurts his credibility.
Tell us who you think is “entitled” here, and leave your comment in the section below.