Fans accused of heckling Florida coach about batboy's murder during College World Series

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Jun 15, 2024; Omaha, NE, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Schlossnagle and Florida Gators head coach Kevin O'Sullivan meet before the game at Charles Schwab Field Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Social media was set ablaze over the weekend after two fans attending the College World Series were ejected Saturday night for apparently heckling University of Florida baseball coach Kevin O'Sullivan during the Gators' game against Texas A&M.

The two fans, wearing Texas A&M shirts, were allegedly hurling insults at the Gators' dugout related to the May 2021 deaths of Rex Reinhart, 14, and Brody Reinhart, 11. Brody regularly served as a batboy for Florida.

The Omaha Police Officers Association (OPOA) issued a statement on the ejections Sunday afternoon.

"Heckling an opposing baseball team about the tragic death of their batboy is beyond unacceptable. Glad our officers and security threw this duo out of Charles Schwab Field. You’re no longer welcome in this city and should be banned for life from future College World Series," the statement says.

The Gainesville Sun, part of the USA TODAY Network, has reached out the OPOA for further comment.

The boys were killed on three years ago by their father, Paul Otto Reinhart, who then committed suicide. O'Sullivan and the boys' mother, Minde O'Sullivan, are now married.

Texas A&M's head coach, Jim Schlossnagle, apologized for the confrontation during his post-game press conference.

"I want to apologize on behalf of Texas A&M on behalf of whatever the heck went on over in that dugout," he said. "Whoever those two guys are they don’t represent what Texas A&M is about and whoever they are just don’t come back. Let’s not let those two guys back in the ball park."

This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: Fans ejected at College World Series for heckling Florida coach

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