Houston, TX- The ex-wife of Houston Astros owner Jim Crane apologized Saturday after a video went viral of her yelling at a couple who were taking pictures of their baby
Houston, TX- The ex-wife of Houston Astros owner Jim Crane apologized Saturday after a video went viral of her yelling at a couple who were taking pictures of their baby on a section of disputed land.
Franci Neely posted a video on YouTube apologizing for the incident that occurred on February 16th in the Broadacres community in Houston.
Isaiah and Kelyn Allen were taking photographs on the sidewalk for their child’s first birthday.
In the video, Neely is seen going over to the family and scolding them for “trampling on the grass we pay for.”
The dispute appeared to stem from a disagreement between the homeowners’ association and the city of Houston. Houston says the land is public, however the HOA claims it is private and the members fund its upkeep.
The video doesn’t show how the argument began, but it showed Neely walking away from the couple and someone was heard saying, “Shame on you!”
Kelyn Allen wrote on Facebook that she asked Neely to restrain her dog before Neely began recording her.
“The lady tells her that she brought ‘these’ people into ‘her’ neighborhood,” Kelyn Allen wrote on Facebook.
“You brought your dog here to bite my child! Shame on you!” a woman was heard saying in the before Neely turned around and walked back to the couple.
“Did you just say that I brought my dog to bite your child? Ma’am you know that’s a lie… She’s crazy,” Neely said referring to the woman.
The person filming called her crazy before Neely was seen hitting the phone.
“See, see? Good, you just hit me, right?” the person was heard saying.
According to a report from the Houston Police Department, Isaiah Allen said he was struck in the arms and hand.
Authorities say the couple plans to press charges.
Neely apologized Tuesday in a 28-second video posted on YouTube.
“A week ago I let my emotions overtake my better self and I apologize from the bottom of my heart. To my family, friends, neighbors and fellow Houstonians, I ask for forgiveness and understanding. I love Houston and I ask that we come together and heal and I extend my hand in friendship,” Neely said.
The couple did not know Neely before this incident occurred.
“We did not know who she was, we just thought she was a crazy lady who had nothing else better to do on a Saturday afternoon," Isaiah Allen said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, the golden rule is you should treat others how you want to treat you.”