The mayhem was captured on video Sunday at the “Love Of The Game” event at the Stronghold Christian Church. TMZ reported that multiple players from one team and spectators at the game appeared to chase the referee before pinning him to the floor, punching and kicking him.
Kenneth Tarver, the founder of KB Sports, which helped host the youth tournament in Lithonia (about 30 minutes from Atlanta), said he doesn’t know what caused the incident.
Tarver said he spoke with the referee after the scuffle and that the official is expected to make a full recovery. He added that the team involved in the incident has been banned from future events, which will include increased security.
“The referee appears outnumbered from the very start,” Paris Cherry, a former pro basketball player who is now a youth basketball development coach, told WSB-TV. “I was appalled. It was a very scary video. To see the… (Read more)