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referee

January 2, 2020

Missouri lawmaker sponsors 2 bills to protect referees

A Missouri legislator is sponsoring two bills that would provide more protection for referees against unruly fans. State Rep. Jerome Barnes, who served 26 years as a referee, submitted two proposals last month that he hopes will curb verbal abus...


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December 11, 2019

Wisconsin bill would set greater penalties for referee harassment

Wisconsin lawmakers have proposed a bill that would provide greater protection to the state's sports officials. [caption id="attachment_27929" align="alignright" width="226"] Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/caption] The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic...


November 11, 2019

Parents chase referee off field at Washington youth football game

A referee at a Washington youth football game earlier this month was chased off of the field by a group of parents, who then began fighting each other. Police in Orting, southeast of Tacoma, continue to investigate the incident. According to Q13 N...


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...


referees
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 ...