On Sunday, at the Next Level Classic in Fairland, Indiana, a disturbing incident occurred when members of a Cincinnati girls basketball team attacked and beat a referee at the end of a game.
Video footage shows the referee being swarmed by players before being punched. Witnesses report that upon falling to the court after the punch, she was then kicked by her assailants.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this incident which resulted in minor injury for the referee according to The Indy Star.
The attack took place during a blowout game between Dynasty Sports Performance Heat from Owensboro, Kentucky and the Cincinnati Indians Elite. So far no arrests have been made in relation to this assault.
This attack is an unfortunate reminder of how quickly tensions can escalate on sports courts.
WLWT-TV reported the coach of the opposing team, Bobby Ewing, said another coach threatened to shoot him in the parking lot (excerpt):
Ewing said it turned even more violent when players stomped on the referee.
“They had her on the ground. She was laying on the ground, and they were kicking her,” Ewing said.
Eventually, Ewing said the Cincinnati players were escorted out of Triton Central High School, where the tournament was held.
What he says he heard at that time was just as disturbing as what he saw.
“I get to the door where they’re getting escorted out, the other team from the ref, and I hear an assistant coach say, ‘I got five shots for you in the parking lot.’ I know what five shots in the parking lot mean. That’s a gun,” Ewing said.