JUCO football player claims he didn’t mean to punch referee

Over the weekend, Mount San Antonio College freshman Bernard Schirmer was ejected from his game and later arrested on suspicion of battery for appearing to punch a referee.

Video clearly showed the referee falling and appearing to be unconscious while he was trying to defuse a situation.

According to Schirmer, however, he had no intention of punching the official.

Instead, he claims he was simply trying to calm himself down by hitting himself in the helmet and that he did not realize how close the official was.

”My friends were trying to pull me back away from the defensive end,” Schirmer said, via the Ventura County Star. ”I didn’t know the ref was right inside of me, bear hugging me. When he fell down, I thought somebody else hit him.”

Mount San Antonio officials concluded Schirmer ”unintentionally hit the referee,” but they will continue to look into the situation to determine what, if any, punishment there should be.

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