It's just a game of basketball or is it really? For one coach, it's all about putting your head in the game.
Literally, let's get to it!
A high school basketball coach from Pennsylvania got into an altercation with one of the referees during a game. The incident was caught on video and displays images of Neshaminy High School's head coach (the irony), Jerry Devine of the boys' basketball team head-butting a referee over a foul call.
Jerry Devine did not agree with the referee's call since his team was down by four points against Pennsbury High School, with the scoreboard 46-42 and forty seconds left to the game. The coach's reaction over the foul call cost Neshaminy High School the game, with Pennsbury's victory of 49-42. Immediately after the physical altercation between Devine and the referee, the coach was expelled from the game, escorted out the building and suspended from the school. Since the incident, coach Jerry Devine has been placed on administrative leave as of now, the case is being reviewed by school officials and a pending review of possible termination from the school. Although, assault charges were not filed against Jerry by the school nor the referee.
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's Associate Executive Director (PIAA), Melissa Nash Mertz released a statement about Devine's suspension, lack of sportsmanship and professionalism.
"Mr. Devine has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of that review for both his teaching and coaching positions. The athletic program at Neshaminy places the values of fair play and sportsmanlike conduct above all. We expect our coaches and staff to teach and uphold those principles, while acting in a professional manner at all times."
In addition, there is another review of the the altercation between coach Jerry Devine and the referee of possibly discontinuing Devine to coach at the school or any other school for a year. Concerned parents expressed their disbelief of the coach's behavior that was displayed on the court and his lack of leadership in dealing with things pertaining to the game, in a more professional manner. This was also noted in the statement that was released by Mertz.
"The safety of players, officials and team personnel is our highest priority. Actions such as this will not be tolerated. We will monitor this situation to ensure safety of all participants."
Coach Devine has also been disqualified from participating in upcoming games, while the board of PIAA decide on corrective actions and penalties. Hopefully, while on adminstrative leave Jerry Devine will take the time to reflect on his actions and learn from it to do better next time.
Picture Tags: CBS
Video Source: Associated Press