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by: JamieD On  Friday, September 2, 2011

A scary scene unfolded in Sarasota, Florida over the weekend as coaches, parents and players of the Sarasota Gators attacked an official just moments before halftime during their game against the North Port Huskies.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the incident, which occurred at Riverview High School during a game between 13 and 14-year-old players.  Footage of the incident shows coaches of the Gators confronting referee Jayme Ream, 41, on the field, when he is suddenly tackled by a Gators player.  Parents, coaches and players then begins to swarm around the fallen official and deliver kicks as the other referees,  and parents and coaches from the opposing team attempt to restore order.

Ream was taken to a local hospital, and reports indicate that he suffered a shoulder fracture, but is currently doing fine.  Dexter Austin, 48, Timothy Howard, 38, and Antonio Bradley, 28, have all been charged with one count of battery on a sports official, along with the 14-year-old Gators player who delivered the tackle.

Here is a look at the incident.

Hat Tip – [TBO.com]




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