ESPN – A University of Arizona cheerleader was ejected for heckling an Arizona State player during Thursday night’s Pac-12 game in Tempe.
Arizona State guard Remy Martin was at the free throw line in the second half when the cheerleader’s antics caught the attention of longtime Pac-12 official Randy McCall.
McCall stared down the cheerleader just before the cheerleader said, “Not today, Remy,” a source told ESPN. Video confirmed what was said.
Another source told ESPN that McCall then walked over to the scorer’s table and said, “This guy needs to get out of here,” without offering additional explanation.
“He was yelling, using the [megaphone] to call out people by name, which is not acceptable,” McCall said, according to the Arizona Republic. “And he was asked to please stop, and he chose not to.”
Posted this guy last night. Motherfucking bad bitch Arizona male cheerleader getting thrown out of the game for doing his job too well. Kicked out of the damn stadium!
We finally got some clarification on the whole thing. Turns out what he was doing was like, blatantly, directly against the rules.
According to Rule 10, Article 8 of the official referee handbook, cheerleaders “shall not commit an unsportsmanlike act,” such as “using musical instruments, amplified music or artificial noisemakers while the game is in progress, except timeouts and intermissions.”
The rule also states that such behavior could result in an ejection if deemed “extreme or excessive.”
Whatever, point stands. You’re not doing your job if you don’t try any and everything at your disposal to give your team a competitive advantage. There are tons of rules that get thrown out the window in the heat of battle. Foul ain’t a foul if the ref doesn’t see it. Same goes for screaming players’ names into a megaphone from 10 feet away while they shoot free throws. Unfortunately the ref saw it this time, on account of the megaphone.
Oh well. Ejection for “extreme megaphoning” is some awesome cheerleader street cred.
Arizona was losing in that clip. They won the game.
Draw your own conclusions.