It has not even been two weeks since the ugly incident at Jay High School in Texas and now, once again, another high school football player has allegedly targeted a referee.
Gallatin was leading 21-0 in the second quarter when Glencliff linebacker Malcolm Easley, son of the head coach, hit the referee Kyle Gill in the back during the play. Gill has gone on record to say that the hit was “malicious” and in response to a warning he gave on the previous play:
“I had spoken to the player on the play before and he told me that I was in his way,” Gill said. “I asked him how long he’d been playing football and he had to realize that the referees are part of the field. I told him that he should have to avoid me and not the other way around. On the very next play, you saw what happened.”
Easley has been suspended indefinitely for the hit by the Metro District Athletic Committee but it seems that the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association disagrees with Gill’s claim that he was purposely targeted.
Assistant Executive Director of the TSSAA, Matthew Gillespie, said, “We have reviewed the tape several times and based on what we reviewed there was no intent to target the official.
“The player was running in the direction of the ball carrier and hit the official.
“No information we received before or after the play would give us any indication that this was malicious intent.”