A shocking incident occurred on an Indiana basketball court during a tournament on Sunday. A referee was assaulted by members of a Cincinnati girls’ basketball team.
Video footage depicts the female referee being suddenly punched and engulfed by a group at the end of a one-sided game. This game was terminated a few minutes earlier, due to escalating tensions.
Witnesses recount that the referee was kicked after she fell onto the court amid the aggressive mob attack. As of now, no arrests have been made, but the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.
This violent encounter took place during the Next Level Classic in Fairland, Indiana, amidst a game. According to WLWT-TV, Bobby Ewing, the coach of the opposing team, reported that another coach threatened him with a shooting in the parking lot.
In the aftermath, Ewing reported the players from Cincinnati were ushered out of Triton Central High School.
Basketball Referee Attacked and Beaten on Court by Girls Team (Video) https://t.co/yWaRFEHZMo
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However, what he heard during that time was just as distressing as what he just witnessed.
“I was at the door as they were being escorted out, away from the ref, by the other team, and I overheard an assistant coach say, ‘I’ve got five shots waiting for you in the parking lot.’ I know what ‘five shots in the parking lot’ means. That’s a gun,” Ewing explained.
WLWT-TV’s video report on the attack follows:
A tumultuous brawl during the Next Level Classic travel basketball tournament culminated with multiple officials being ambushed. At least one official was hit by a player and all these incidents were captured on camera.
Randy Lane was the one who recorded the video during the Indiana U.S. Amateur Basketball tournament.
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His daughter was a player for the Dynasty Sports Performance Heat, a team from Owensboro, Kentucky. He reports the opposing team, the Cincinnati Indians Elite, threw profane remarks at the referees and his daughter’s team.
“The girls were provoking, saying things like, ‘Why don’t you meet me in the parking lot?’ Some parents too, amidst a basketball play, were shouting instructions like ‘Don’t let her do that to you. Mess her up,'” Lane explained.
“Things were just getting really contentious.”