Georgian basketball players attack referee in crazy video
A referee needed 30 stitches after he was brutally attacked by a group of eighth graders during a youth basketball game in Georgia, according to TMZ.
The chaos was captured on video Sunday during the “Love Of The Game” event at Stronghold Christian Church. TMZ reported that several players on a team and spectators at the game appeared to chase the referee before pinning him to the ground, punching and kicking him.
Kenneth Tarver, the founder of KB Sports, which helped organize the youth tournament in Lithonia (about 30 minutes from Atlanta), said he didn’t know what caused the incident.
Tarver said he spoke with the referee after the fight and the official is expected to make a full recovery. He added that the team involved in the incident have been banned from future events, which will include heightened security.
“The ref seems outnumbered early on,” said Paris Cherry, a former professional basketball player turned youth basketball development coach. says WSB-TV. “I was appalled. It was a very scary video. To see the adults instigating and then the kids following to the point where it was the kids chasing the referee at the end of the video, it’s just disgusting. And it seems no adult tried to break it.
According to TMZ, the incident is still under investigation by the Dekalb County Police Department, which responded to the scene in reference to an assault.
A pastor from Stronghold Christian Church said in a statement: “It is truly unfortunate with the turn of events that took place during the basketball game held at our facility this weekend. We are opening our doors to serve our community and our goal is to provide an atmosphere conducive to enjoyment, enrichment, etc.
“While we cannot control people, we hope and pray that those who enter our establishment will conduct themselves in the best way. Our prayers go out to all involved in this current situation. »
An AAU representative said the tournament was not an AAU sanctioned match and the organization was not linked to the incident that occurred.