Parents being upset with the call of a referee is nothing new – but things got extra heated recently at Raytown South High School.
The court at Raytown South saw a little more action than anyone anticipated during the junior varsity girls basketball game against Raytown last week.
Investigators say several parents were upset with what they perceived as missed calls by 33-year-old referee Dallas Bryant.
When an exchange between Bryant and one father got heated, that man’s older son – 21-year-old Dwan Marshall Jr. – reportedly punched Bryant hard in the face and knocked him to the ground.
Raytown police and paramedics were called and Bryant was rushed to the hospital.
The district did not go on camera with KCTV5 on Wednesday, but did release a statement, saying in part:
“Immediately following the incident, administrators and security followed emergency procedures, evacuated the gym, and canceled the rest of the JV girls game and the JV boys basketball game.”
Court documents show Marshall did apologize for his actions.
“I regret punching the ref in the face,” he told police. “It was an emotional response. I shouldn’t have done it and I’m sorry.”
He’s scheduled to appear in court in Raytown next month.
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