The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association said Wednesday the high school football player in Tennessee who ran into an official during a game will not be disciplined. Malcolm Easley, who plays for his father at Glencliff High School in Nashville, ran into official Kyle Gill from behind on Friday while pursuing a ball carrier in a contest at Gallatin High School.
A 15-yard penalty was called on the 6-foot-4, 196-pound safety, however he was not ejected from the game. Matthew Gillespie of the TSSAA said “Our staff reviewed the tape several times and felt there was not malicious intent.”
According to CNN affiliate WSMV Gill said that he thought the hit was intentional. Gill also said Easley had complained that the umpire, who positions himself not far behind the defensive line, was in the way.
Gill told the Nashville station “I asked him, ‘How long have you been playing football? I said, ‘Referees are part of the field, and it’s your job to go around us.’ And immediately he runs right into the back of me the next play.”
Coach Brandon Easley told the Tennessean newspaper that his son would write a letter to the official because the hit could have been avoided. Brandon Easley said “He will (avoid those types of hits) in the future. His character is not the character of someone who would intentionally set out to do that.”
In another similar case, two Texas high school football players, who intentionally hit an official during a game earlier this month were suspended from school, and attended a disciplinary hearing Wednesday.
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