Arizona referee fired after asking if players had their green cards

January 10, 2019 / Athletic AdministrationBasketball
A high school basketball referee in Arizona was fired Wednesday, one day after he asked a coach prior to a game whether the players had their green cards.

basketball refereesThe Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) did not identify the official but said he had been a referee for four years. In a brief statement, as reported by KOLD 13 in Tucson, the AIA acknowledged that the statement was made to the Pueblo High School freshman basketball coach Tuesday before the game against Walden Grove High School. The referee told the AIA the question was meant to be a joke, KOLD reported.

From KOLD:

Pueblo High School Interim Principal Frank Rosthenhausler said he spoke with the basketball team before practice Wednesday about the incident. He said he was proud of the way the men acted on the court.

“They emanated character when someone lost theirs,” Rosthenhausler said.

The referee’s comment was overheard by parents, who shared their thoughts on social media. The school district plans to investigate the incident.

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