I dunno how many people have hear of the player that attacked a ref after been ejected from a semi-pro game in New York. Well its seems the Refs local organization has had enough.
Referees from the Rochester Chapter of Certified Football Officials will no longer work Semi-Pro games.
While an attack on a ref here is highly unlikely, there is now a precedent set for future actions. Just remember this next time you or a teammate starts to argue with a ref at a game.
I haven't seen anything quite as dramatic as what Gambrel described, but I have seen a referee physically threatened on two separate occasions and it was disgusting. This is a perfect example of how one player can give a bad reputation to not only his own team, but to all teams in that area. Those types of actions only serve to further the bad reputation that semi-pro has in the eyes of some people. Crazy.
and people wonder why racism is still in todays world
Where was race even brought up? Last I checked refs wore both white and black.
I've spent a lot of time thinking over the years about the relationship between the group and the individual in this game we so love. While I am not prepared to accept that it is the way that it will ALWAYS be, too often the crimes of the few have poisoned the opportunities for the many.
We're left with a tough set of questions: are we prepared to do what is necessary to promote respect and dignity in our organizations no matter the (perceived) cost on the field? Are we willing to preemptively rule out participation of those who are expected to be "bad apples" rather than giving them an opportunity? Are we as teams- and indeed leagues- willing to increase the threshold for participation in team organizations that often suffer from underrepresentation and short benches?
This, then begs the still older and I would argue more fundamental question: is it talent and quality play that brings the opportunity for a well funded, well run organization- or is it a well organized, disciplined team that will sustain difficulties and attract talent and fans. My answer, as many of you have long known me understand, is the latter.
If we want to build quality teams- not just in terms of wins and losses- but in terms of community relationships and long term sustainability, it must begin with integrity, discipline and a willingness to make tough choices. If you are one of those folks who is reading this post wondering WTF it has to do with the thread, I'll spell it out for you:
These kinds of incidents don't just muddy the name of the player. They don't just undermine the ability of the team to be successful. They diminish the reputation and indeed the viability of the entire game for its thousands of participants. The math is not fair, but it takes only once incident like this to destroy the efforts (not to mention dollars) of thousands of men and women. For this reason, this kind of behavior must be roundly rejected.
There is a reason that you do not see players assaulting officials in the NFL, and it is NOT the millions of dollars that athletes are paid. It is the culture of the team, the league, and the game. If we all aspire to lift up this game we all love so much, it is our SHARED responsibility not just to swiftly and significantly punish the player who committed this terrible act, but to create and promote a culture in which players would never ever ever consider that such an act was an option.
It's your move, folks.