In Ventura County, California, Mount San Antonio freshman offensive linesman Bernard Schirmer made headlines after video footage surfaced of him sucker punching a referee during a Saturday night game. The California junior college football player was immediately arrested for the action after being ejected. Schirmer was taken to Ventura County jail.
The referee, whose name was redacted by the Ventura police, had broken up a heated argument between rival players when he was then struck by Schirmer after walking him back to his huddle. Mount San Antonio and Ventura College trainers immediately rushed to the field to tend to the injured official. He was taken off the field, and a replacement ref filled in.
According to the California Community College Athletic Association, the act of striking or hitting a game official is strictly prohibited and is punishable by a five-year ban. Don’t expect Schirmer to take to the field anytime soon. Video of the incident can be viewed in the tweet below:
— VCStar CollegeSports (@vcscolleges) September 11, 2016
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