As if there wasn’t enough controversy surrounding high school football – concussions, aggressive behavior off the field and a few instances of under-age sexual deviance to name a few – the last month has had four separate counts of inexcusable misconduct on the gridiron. First, we saw two Texas defensive backs light up a referee, then another player from Texas aggressively shove a ref, followed by a high school player using an opponents helmet to smack him in the head. You’d think schools and coaches would be cracking down on their players at this point.
Well… we have another one for you.
This time, we have what appears to be a blatant attack on an official who was blindsided by Glencliff High linebacker Malcolm Easley. The referee, Kyle Gill, spoke with local news about the incident and is sure hat the hit was intentional.
“I think it’s pretty obvious what went down,” Gill said.
Gill said that he had spoken to Easley just prior to the play.
“I had spoken to the player on the play before and he told me that I was in his way,” Gill said. “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 is the son of the head coach of the high school football team, though that won’t help him as the player is suspended indefinitely by the Metro District Athletic Committee.