Incredibly, Basketball Parent Who Fired Gun at Another Parent Avoids Jail Time

Cameron Smith, Yahoo! Sports, February 17, 2012

One of the most disturbing acts of bad sports-parent behavior was brought to a surprising conclusion on Thursday when Minneapolis native and youth basketball coach Paul Hill avoided jail time despite pleading guilty to firing a gun at the father of a player.

As reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a handful of other sources, Hill was handed a suspended three-year jail term contingent on a five-year probationary sentence, which means that as long as Hill doesn’t violate the terms of his probation he will avoid any jail time and his felony conviction will be downgraded to a misdemeanor.


The incident that landed Hill in his current predicament occurred in September, when Hill became embroiled in an argument with the parent of another player at a YWCA. After a brief argument culminated in Hill and Patrick Adams (the other parent) shoving each other, Hill told Adams, “I’ve got something for you,” and disappeared in his car.

Yet Hill wasn’t gone for long, and when he returned he had a gun. Hill asked Adams’ wife where he was, drove towards him and fired a single shot from his vehicle.

While the shooting was the first known incident of parental rage involving Hill, the situation is an extremely troubling one considering his roots in the Minneapolis youth basketball scene. Hill’s quote to the other parent proves that his attack was premeditated, yet he still avoided jail time.

In addition to Tayler Hill, the Ohio State starter who set state records for career scoring while playing at Minneapolis (Minn.) South High, Paul Hill is also the father of six other children involved in youth basketball.


Paul Hill



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  • Five years of probation, after which the felony will be converted down to a misdemeanor?  If that given misdemeanor isn’t firearms-related, then he’ll legally be able to own firearms again after five years, presuming he behaves himself, which we know he won’t.  All for a crime that reads to me like attempted murder.

  • Anonymous

    As in every one of scores of thousands of articles like this, if the word, “white” isn’t mentioned, and the names mentioned aren’t Spanish, then you KNOW who’s involved.

  • Anonymous

    I did notice his nostrils, his eyes too, reminds me of an old Jaws movie quote:

    “You ever see A Shark’s eyes. They have lifeless eyes, like A doll’s eyes. Until they bite you, and the eyes roll over.”

  • Anonymous

    Black people shouldn’t be allowed to have guns, period.

    • Well, Federal law and most states don’t allow convicted felons to own firearms, that’s a very high percentage of black men.  And felon-in-possession laws are vigorously enforced, if not in their own right, then as swords of Damocles to extract snitching, information, stool pidgeons, etc.

      So we almost have what you want.

  • Periapsis

    It certainly won’t be his last before he’s either sent to prison where he dies behind bars, or is shot dead by police or a would be victim.

  • Rocky Mountain

    You also may be paying for retarded white women to have babies.

  • Christopher_Nelson

    So how is that not attempted murder? A deadly weapon was fired at the other guy. I mean, this wasn’t a simple punch being thrown. It wasn’t a fist fight.  But, after seeing the guy’s race, there was nothing incredible about it. It was typical. A black getting away with his bad behavior.