BAD: Former Detroit Tigers Farmhand In Trouble For Sex With a 17-Year-Old
WORSE: Chris Facione was the girl’s youth softball coach in Southern California
WORST: He probably gave her an STD
BEYOND EVIL: On Jan. 18 Facione spoke with the player, whose doctor thought she might have contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Facione reportedly lied, assuring her that he routinely gets tested. Immediately after the STD conversation, the 37-year-old Facione called the girl back and ASKED HER ON A DATE saying he “missed her.” Facione has been charged with two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
Ok, if this story were to end RIGHT HERE I’d probably give it about a 9.5 on the sick-o-meter. But wait! There’s more:
Facione was reportedly using his power as one of the area’s top club level coaches and a Cal alum to get his girls prestigious athletic scholarships. In fact, he formed an organization in conjunction with his softball team called “Next Level Softball” for just such a purpose.
The organization’s website is STILL ACTIVE as of this moment and features a glowing testimonial from Cal softball player Kelly Taylor who said this about her sex-crime charged coach:
“Why I chose Cal: Attending the University of California, Berkeley has been a goal of mine since I was young. I remember the day I started playing travel ball my coach and inspiration, Chris Facione (who also attended Cal), told me that he was going to help me achieve this dream of mine. I grew up hearing stories about Cal and how great it was to not only go to school with amazing athletes but also meet very intelligent individuals.”
No doubt intelligent individuals like Facione, who apparently wasn’t smart enough to use a condom while having sex with his 17-year-old player.
Gee, I guess we know now why internet sensation Allison Stokke is a Cal Girl!
The Next Level website also refers to another player (UNLV’s Kendall Fearn) as “Fearn-alicious!” Now, call me a Victorian Prude, but is it really wise to reference a teen-aged player as “Fern-alicious” on your website when the head of your organization has just been arrested for multiple felonies for having sex with an under-aged girl? I’m just asking…
Facione’s arrest has forced The Next Level softball to make some concessions though. This also from the TNL website:
“In response to the unfortunate situation our organization is experiencing right now, the board of directors of The Next Level met last night (March 4th) with the goals of protecting everyone involved and keeping our organization strong and moving forward.
The board would like to assure everyone that TNL is not going anywhere.”
The organization may be “moving forward,” but they are doing so without coach Facione:
“Chris Facione will be taking an administrative leave to focus on personal issues. He understands the importance of keeping the organization moving forward and everyone is in agreement that this is the best course of action at the present time.”
One other note. The San Diego Union Tribune first reported the story about the felony charges against Chris Facione. However, nowhere in that article did they reference the glowing puff piece that the paper had done on Facione a couple of years earlier. This article not only commended Facione’s dedication and coaching methods but associated him with former big-leaguers Bret Boone, Phil Nevin, and Dave Roberts (his former roommate.) The Union Tribune piece concluded with a phone number so that you too could sign your children up to be coached by Chris Facione.