Yesterday we saw USC left tackle Chuma Edoga get himself ejected from a game against Utah State after getting a little bit too physical with a ref during the heat of the moment, but this video from the junior college ranks is even worse. Mt. San Antonio offensive lineman Bernard Schirmer took unsportsmanlike conduct to the next level when he allegedly punched a ref while being restrained, knocking the ref to the ground and later being taken away in handcuffs by local authorities. He was charged with suspicion of battery.
Schirmer, a freshman, was ejected from the game immediately. The ref was injured badly enough that he did not remain in the game as well after receiving medical attention from trainers from both teams.
“I shook his hand when he was coming off and I asked him if he was OK,” Ventura College head coach Steve Mooshagian said, according to a report from Ventura County Star. “He looked like he was a little drowsy.”
Police officers went to the broadcast booth in the stadium to immediately begin reviewing footage of the incident on the field. Police officers on the scene also began taking statements from refs working the game down at field level.
“I was on the bench talking and I heard everyone going crazy so I jumped up and saw him on the ground,” Ventura College quarterback Jake Luton said. “That’s terrible. There’s no place for that in football.”
Aside from the off-field legal charges against him, Schirmer could also face a maximum five-year ban from the California Community College Athletic Association, essentially ending his college football career at the JUCO level in California.
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