This is not good sportsmanship.
A fan walked onto the court during a girls junior-varsity high school basketball game in Missouri and punched a referee in the face after disagreeing with their calls.
Dwan Lamont Marshall Jr., 21, was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct for striking the referee, 33-year-old Dallas Bryant, the Kansas City Star reports. Bryant was knocked to the ground after being hit and had to be taken to the hospital.
Marshall Jr. apologized to police for hitting the referee during the game between the Raytown and Raytown South junior-varsity teams, according to a police report obtained the newspaper.
"I regret punching the ref in the face. It was an emotional response. I shouldn’t have done it. I’m sorry," Marshall Jr. said.
Marshall’s father, Dwan Marshall Sr., was also at the game where he was watching his daughter play. Marshall Sr. told police Bryant missed several fouls throughout the game.
Marshall Sr. told police the last disagreement was over Bryant yelling at his daughter for throwing the ball along the sideline at the end of the first quarter instead of handing it to the refs.
Bryant met with his referee partner, Ervin Butler, on the sideline in-between quarters when parents started to tell the refs what they thought of the calls, including Marshall Sr. The ref told police he asked fans to stop arguing unless they wanted to be tossed from the game.
Marshall Sr. told police his son attacked after he heard Bryant allegedly whisper "I bet you won’t be discussing no elbow call in the parking lot."
Police said surveillance video of the incident shows Bryant covering his mouth with his hand when addressing Marshall Sr. while also gesturing towards the exit. When Bryant returned to the court Marshall Jr. then came and punched him, the Kansas City Star reports.
Marshall Jr. was issued a summons to appear in court on Feb. 28.
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