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“The ref quickly blows his whistle and assesses a technical foul on Holland, who responds by pushing the ref. Holland then runs after the referee who then throws the referee to the floor, before being restrained.” (Fox Sports)
A high school basketball player in the state of Florida, goes berserk on a referee, not just pushing him, but tackling him to the ground. The player -- DeSoto’s Mason Holland -- has since been suspended, and could face criminal charges.
So, is violence in high school sports getting out of control? Or are we just catching more acts with our cell phone cams?
Port Charlotte High walked away with the win when the refs refused to continue officiating after the incident.
In addition to being booted off the team, and facing criminal charges -- he’s been suspended from school.
The Tampa Tribune quotes DeSoto High Coach Joe Sheridan as saying, he was shocked as anyone about his player’s conduct.
“It was totally unacceptable behavior. It was everything we are not, and now we have to recover from that with 12 very, very good boys. He’ll never play here again. I’ve been coaching for 40 years, and I’ve never experienced anything like that. I’m still in shock.”
ESPN discusses if this attack is a new level of violence, or simply the fact that cell phone cameras catch so much more than we ever saw before.
Anchor 3: I think it’s like everything, you start seeing it more. We say is there more violence? Is there more this or that? Anything that happens, it’s like everybody has video of it.
Anchor 1: Very very disturbing.
Anchor 2: Very ugly.
Anchor 4: And I don’t know that we’ve seen it to that level, where an official is attacked, by a, well, he’s a, he’s a man.
The entire incident -- lasted just 20 seconds. But in 20 seconds, Babble notes, Mason Holland changed his future forever.
“The 6′5″ senior most likely ended his chances of going on to play college ball after attacking a referee mid-game and tossing him to the ground.”
So what do you think of this incident? Overblown because it was caught on camera? Or -- should this kid be banned from the hardwood for life?
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Meath 1-12 Louth 1-10: Shameful scenes marred the conclusion of today's Leinster football final as Louth were controversially denied a first provincial title since 1957. A hugely contentious goal handed Meath the title deep into injury time, whereupon a number of Louth fans attempted to attack match referee Martin Sludden.
As the match entered the third and final minute of injury time, Louth led by a single point and were on course for a famous win. But when Meath launched one final assault on the Louth goal, the ball found its way to Joe Sheridan inside the square.
In a scramble of bodies, the Meath forward appeared to roll over the line with the ball in hand before simply throwing it into the net. Sludden and his umpires failed to spot the infraction and the referee allowed the goal to stand, prompting furious reactions from the Louth players, management and supporters.
When he blew up for full time moments later, Sludden required a Garda escort off the Croke Park pitch as at least four different fans remonstrated with the official and aimed blows in his direction. There were also reports of a steward being assaulted and suffering minor injuries as all hell broke loose.
It was the cruellest possible end to Louth's provincial campaign. The Wee County had missed two gilded chances in the first half, with JP Rooney and and Shane Lennon firing narrowly wide, but seized control of the contest after the break.
Yet for all their dominance, a plethora of wides meant Meath were always in touch, even after Rooney made amends for his earlier miss and found the net seven minutes from time. And after two long-range frees from Cian Ward, Sheridan's outrageous 'goal' signalled the death knell for Louth's hopes and prompted the ugly scenes at GAA headquarters.
Tommy Carr, meanwhile, has tendered his resignation in the wake of Cavan's mauling at the hands of Cork yesterday. Cavan crashed out of the Ulster championship with defeat against Fermanagh but won their opening qualifier against Wicklow.
Yesterday's result proved the final straw for Carr, with the Tipperary native bringing his two-year association with the Breffni County to an end.