GALLATIN – A football player at Glencliff High School has been suspended after he was involved in a collision with a referee in a play last Friday night in a game against Gallatin. News Channel 4 is reporting that the Metro District Athletic Committee has suspended Malcolm Easley indefinitely from football pending further investigation. The incident is eerily similar to one that took place at Texas-based John Jay High School earlier this season when two football players targeted a referee and were later dismissed from their team. During the second quarter, of Friday night’s game, Easley collided with the field umpire as Gallatin neared the Colts’ end zone. At the time of the collision Gallatin owned a 21-7 lead over the Colts. Easley, who is the son of Glencliff head coach Brandon Easley, was penalized by the referee for a personal foul. Kyle Gill was the field umpire during the game and involved in the collision. “I think it’s pretty obvious what went down,” Gill said. Gill said that he had spoken to Easley just prior to the play. “I had spoken to the player on the play before and he told me that I was in his way,” Gill said. “I asked him how long he’d been playing football and he had to realize that the referees are part of the field. I told him that he should have to avoid me and not the other way around. On the very next play, you saw what happened.”
Is this gonna be a thing now? Every time someone even hits a ref we’re gonna need national media coverage and a senate hearing over it? C’mon.
Did this guy run the ref over on purpose? Of course he did. Was it even remotely comparable to those kids in San Antonio high-lowing a guy and trying to rip his ACL while leaving his brain on the field? No. This was just a little “Hey, stop being a fucking dickhead” warning. People have been doing that forever. Maybe you buzz the ref with a puck when you dump it in, or let your bat go a little late on the backswing to catch the ump. It’s not intended to maim, or injure, just serve as a way to let the guy know he’s being a shithead and you noticed.
You want to be part of the field? Ok, you’re part of the field. You’re in play. So I’m gonna run you over in pursuit of the ball, just like I run everyone else over. Don’t want me to put a little extra mustard on it? Don’t be a condescending asshole.