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September 19, 2019

Referee who forced wrestler to cut dreadlocks banned 2 years

The referee who in 2018 forced a New Jersey high school wrestler to either cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a match has been suspended for two years, the state announced Wednesday. The decision concludes a near nine-month investigation by the state's...


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August 8, 2019

Timeout! Coaches must help stem referee abuse

After nearly two decades of coaching basketball at the youth, travel, middle school and varsity levels, I have witnessed the intensity of cruel verbal attacks on officials being taken to a new level. Twenty years ago, there was that one guy who alway...


April 29, 2019

Ohio bill would make assaulting a sports referee a felony

Two bills introduced in the Ohio General Assembly would make it a fifth-degree felony to attack a sports official while on the job. Existing laws already allow for similar charges against anyone who assaults a teacher, school administrator or bus ...


April 8, 2019

Coach accused of attacking referee at basketball tournament

A Michigan basketball coach is facing charges after allegedly attacking a referee Saturday during a basketball tournament in western Kentucky. The coach, Keyon Menifield, has been charged with assault of a sports official, according to the McCrack...


January 10, 2019

Arizona referee fired after asking if players had their green cards

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. The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) did not identify the official but said he had ...


February 1, 2018

Wis. college basketball coach charged after attacking referee

A men's basketball coach in Wisconsin, and his son, have been charged with disorderly conduct after attacking a referee following a game last month. [caption id="attachment_14971" align="alignright" width="268"] Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/caption] U...


January 31, 2018

Michigan continues to struggle finding referees for prep sports

Like more than a dozen other states, Michigan continues to have a hard time finding enough referees to staff high school games, and there's growing concern over whether that trend will continue. According to The Grand Rapids Press, the number of r...


November 30, 2017

California youth soccer referee quits over parents

A referee for a California youth soccer league is calling it quits after more than a decade on the field. And he's leaving because of the parents. Avery Krut notified the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) earlier this month that he is ste...