Ex-Rep and C-Streeter Chip Pickering in Brawl With Youth Soccer Coach

December 7, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Chip Pickering, former Republican Congressman and resident of C-Street, who was involved in a very public extramarital affair before resigning from office last year, is now in the news again. This time, Pickering allegedly got into fisticuffs with a rival youth league soccer coach, after a heated argument over the coach’s treatment of Pickering’s son. The rival soccer coach, Christopher Hester, was wearing a neck brace when Pickering allegedly attacked him.

The police were called over the weekend to Liberty Park in Madison, Mississippi. Madison Police Sgt. Robert Sanders says Chip Pickering was accused of attacking coach Chris Hester on Sunday. But Pickering also filed a complaint accusing Hester of hitting him, as well.

According to the complaint, Pickering yelled at Hester as he was leaving the field. Hester says that Pickering pulled him from his vehicle, and that spectators had to separate the two men.

Pickering was involved with an extramarital affair with Elizabeth Creekmore-Byrd, while he was a congressman and a resident of the controversial Christian fellowship house, C-Street. Pickering’s estranged wife filed a lawsuit against Creekmore-Byrd over the summer, for alienation of affection, claiming her adulterous relationship with her husband ruined the Pickerings’ marriage and his political career.

After serving 12-years in Congress, Pickering resigned last January.

C-Street has had its share of Republican philanderers in residence. Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, both lived in the C-Street house. Ensign was involved in an extramarital affair with his best friend’s wife and is under an ethics investigation. Sanford disappeared to Argentina to be in the arms of his mistress and he is in danger of being impeached from office.


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