Nearly three weeks after a San Antonio high school football official was blindsided by two players, another incident involving players and officials has surfaced.
The Gallatin News in Gallatin, Tenn., released video of a football player from Glencliff Comprehensive High School hitting an official, Kyle Gill, from behind.
It is difficult to make out the player’s number, but the video shows a Glencliff player following through on a hit on Gill after the initial collision.
The Gallatin News reported that the player was Malcolm Easley, the head coach’s son, and he has been suspended indefinitely. Gilll believed that the hit was obviously intentional.
He told the paper that the hit happened after a warning:
“I had spoken to the player on the play before and he told me that I was in his way. 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.”
However, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association elected to not issue another punishment, saying that it was not targeting.
TSSAA’s Matthew Gillespie told the Gallatin News:
“We have reviewed the tape several times and based on what we reviewed there was no intent to target the official.
“The player was running in the direction of the ball carrier and hit the official. No information we received before or after the play would give us any indication that this was malicious intent.”
Video of an earlier play showed Easley avoiding the official, but he remains suspended as the school and district investigates.
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