date='Oct 16 2008, 01:58 PM' post='2207809']
While I maintain a high level of respect for GTF and BigJeezy, I feel obliged to state that this narrative of events does not match up with what I saw and heard at the time of the incident.
I'm sorry to hear this incident has driven you from the league.
Gota go with Lo on this one.
but even more unfortunate is that people who saw the end of a horrible situation will get on a forum and blast the person or people involved without knowing what trully went down. .
Yet you will do the very same thing to me. So here we go with the he said she said thing.
I was not even involved in the call at the swing base. Could not have made the call, as I was 100+- feet away at the time watching another player. What got my attention was when Skip came out of the carpet fort kicking rocks and swearing like a long shoreman on a 3-day binge.
I hobbled over to him to assess the penalty and asked for his name, he swore again, I asked for his name and player card, he then sore at me directly calling me M-Fing B****. after another round of swear words, He then took off his player card and threw it in the opposite direction, in the process of pulling his card off, he also took off his mask; I asked him to put it on, again more words and threats. At that point he was so upset he became a real safety concern. I asked him to put his mask back on he again swore at me. I asked him to leave the field.
One of the other refs retrieved his card and brought it to me. I fell in behind him as we walked back to dead box. If anyone noticed this weekend I have a limp when I walk, and on the way back I was walking behind him, I stumbled on a rock or branch and bumped into his arm, tired to explaine what happend , but he exploded and told me if I ever laid a hand on him he would Fíing kill me. At that point I had little choice but to ejected him from the event.
By the time we got back to the dead box he was totally out of his mind with rage. He dared me to throw a punch, he pumped faked a like he was going to throw one to provoke me; he called me every foul name in the book. I asked him several times to leave the field, he would not comply. I tried again but, He simply would not leave the field. Finally I called into the dead box and asked for the team caption to remove him from the field. I had to get back to the game and left.
My concern was to get him of the field for his own safety and for those around him. I let him know he was being give 50 points in penalties then I recorded three language and two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against GTF and made note he had been ejected on the score sheet.
I was up set and talking in a loud voice ( I have a loud voice), never was I out of control. Never did I lay a hand on him or provoked him. I had no reason too; He could have just taken the swearing penalty and walked away, or better yet just walked off after the being called out without swearing. But instead he chose to verbally attack a referee and then make physical threats. Frankly I am grateful I was there, if it had been one of the younger members of my crew he may have actually assaulted them.
You can white wash this any way you want too. You can blame his action on me if you want too. But the fact off the matter is he lost it on the field. He chose his words and his actions. The really sad thing....he was allowed to continue to play. (heavy sigh)
A player has no right to act like that regardless of the call. The rules are there to protect the players and the referees. As referees we canít have players making physical threats against us, we canít be on the field concerned we might take one in the back of the head or neck at point blank range because some player didnít like a call we made.
This post has been edited by PaleRider: 16 October 2008 - 04:13 PM