High school players attacking officials: High-profile cases

High school players attacking officials: High-profile cases

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Coalfield’s baseball team was ineligible for postseason play the past two seasons because of an altercation between a player and an umpire.

Coalfield’s baseball team was ineligible for postseason play the past two seasons because of an altercation between a player and an umpire.

Fortunately, the number of incidents of high school athletes attacking game officials is rare.

Some of the more high-profile cases in recent years:

2015 — A high school football official was seemingly targeted by two San Antonio John Jay football players during a game.

The official was knocked down by one player in the fourth quarter of the game at Marble Falls and then another player jumped on him.

Two players had previously been ejected for trash talking, according to reports.

An assistant coach is alleged to have said, “this guy needs to pay for cheating us” before the players targeted the official.

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2014 — The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association ended the season early for the baseball team at Coalfield (Harriman) and made the team ineligible for postseason play in 2014 and 2015 after a senior player punched an umpire following an April 2014 game.

The player was charged with assault.

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2013 — Two West St. Mary (Baldwin, La.) football players, both juveniles, were expelled from school and charged with battery on an official after they allegedly punched him as he was leaving the field following a Nov. 1 game.

The referee, Steve Leger, later sued two of the school’s coaches and the West St. Mary Parish school board over the incident.

2011 — A 16-year-old Middletown, Calif., junior varsity basketball player was given a double-technical, ejected from the game, suspended from school and given a lifetime ban for playing high school sports in California by Middletown after he allegedly shoved a referee during the fourth quarter of a game Jan. 28 at Lower Lake.

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2010 — DeSoto County (Arcadia, Fla.) basketball player Mason Holland, then 18, threw a referee to the ground during a basketball game on Dec. 14.

Though the referee did not press charges, Holland was expelled and banned from competing in Florida High School Athletic Association events and his coach was later dismissed.

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