Yet Another Ref Is Flattened By High School Football Player: Was He Targeted?
What the hell? It's open season on high school football refs, apparently (Daffy Duck's bill spins around his head amid puff of gunpowder). There have been three high-profile cases within the last two weeks in which refs have been targeted for physical abuse by high school players during games: two in Texas and one in New Jersey. This time it was in Gallatin, TN, in a game with Glencliff High.
Glencliff’s Malcolm Easley, who happens to be the head coach's son, plowed over a ref as he was pursuing the ball on Friday night, in a move some would say was deliberate. You be the judge:
Easley was not ejected from the game and his team drew a 15-yard penalty for the play -- which actually makes no sense. The ref is supposed to be part of the field, right? So if you didn't hit him on purpose, then it's an accident, and there should be no penalty. If you did plow him intentionally, you should be ejected. Why are they inventing a middle ground?
But the refs did, and so did the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, which reviewed the video and determined that "there was no intent to target the official in a malicious manner."
According to The Gallatin News, a source on the field during the game heard referee Kyle Gill telling Easley he was getting way to close to the referees.
"I had spoken to the player on the play before and he told me that I was in his way," Gill told The Gallatin News. "I asked him how long he'd been playing football and he had to realize that the referees are part of the field. I told him that he should have to avoid me and not the other way around. On the very next play, you saw what happened."
Easley has been suspended by the school from Glencliff’s home game Friday against Hunters Lane. The school system’s athletics committee will conduct its own investigation.
Be the first to know
Want FREE Fantasy and Gaming Advice and Savings Delivered to your Inbox? Sign up for our Newsletter.