Another high school football player found himself in the middle of a controversy, after he leveled a referee on the playing field during a game last weekend. It was the second quarter, when a Glencliff player Malcolm Easley ran through the umpire — who is lined up behind the defensive line and linebackers — on his way to the ball carrier.
However, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) reviewed the footage and decided not to punish Easley.
The TSSAA determined he was simply making a play for the ball when he unfortunately collided with the official.
“We reviewed the tape in the office several times. Based on what we reviewed, we determined there was no intent to target the official in a malicious manner,” said TSSAA Assistant Executive Director Matthew Gillespie, via WSMV Nashville.
“The player was running in the direction of the ball carrier and he hit the official. Obviously that’s unfortunate. It does happen in games. Based on everything we reviewed, we’re not going to take any additional disciplinary action.”
While Easley has not been punished by the TSSAA and was not ejected from the game, he will be suspended for this weekend’s matchup by his team.
“He’s been given his punishment from the school, his head coach and his parents,” Brandon Easley, Glencliff’s head coach and Malcolm Easley’s father, told The Tennessean. “There’s a couple things he will be doing to make this right. It’s a game off, it’s (attending) classes, it’s the letter to the official.”
You can watch a video of the play in question below and determine for yourself whether you believe Easley was intentionally targeting the official.
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