A Boston high school basketball player has been charged with assault and battery after he “kicked” a referee during a basketball game on Wednesday night.
The 16-year-old Excel High School student was taken into custody after allegedly punching the referee in the face. He reportedly thought he was charged with another foul after the referee called the other team to travel, Boston 25 News reported.
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Photographer Dan Leahy witnessed the ‘full nelson’ on the referee, telling Boston 25 that once the teenager took the victim down with a punch, he continued the attack, even though the Referee was bent over and unable to defend himself. “There is so much anger built into attacking an authoritative person in this way. And it was vicious, not like he climbed up and punched her or anything. He attacked it with a full fist, it’s a shame,” added Leahy.
Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) responded to aggression, stating that “there is no place for violence or physical anger in sport. Our schools work to develop young athletes through interscholastic competition. Our students play the game for the love of the sport. Behaviors that go against this have no place on our sports fields, tennis courts or hockey rinks.
In a statement, the Massachusetts State Basketball Officials Association (MSBOA) expressed anger over the incident, alleging the “abhorrent” treatment of officials by fans, coaches and players is a key reason for the national shortage of game officials. (RELATED: Police Say Mom Hit Multiple Kids, Referee At Middle School Basketball Game)
“We call on local authorities, Boston Public Schools, and the MIAA to take prompt action that includes appropriate penalties for anyone sharing responsibility for this dangerous attack…Unfortunately, the outright discontent and anger directed at those responsible has reached a totally unacceptable level. , which can lead to an attack like Cohasset’s. This is wrong and needs to be addressed,” the Boston 25 News statement read.
The teenager is due to appear in Quincy Juvenile Court for assault and battery in the future, Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley said. The case is still ongoing.