Add another black mark to the litany of high school football incidents as a Tennessee football player has joined in on the unnecessary roughness.
Malcolm Easley, who was lined up as a linebacker, blindsided official Kyle Gill on a play near the goal line. Easley has been suspended indefinitely by the Metro District Athletic Committee, but the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association decided not to discipline any further, saying it “reviewed the tape several times” and found no intent to target Gill.
Gill disagreed with the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, “I think it’s pretty obvious what went down. It looked pretty malicious to me. I do think I was targeted.”
A source told Gallatin News that Easley was told by the official earlier in the contest that he was “getting way too close” to the referees.
“I had spoken to the player on the play before and he told me that I was in his way,” Gill told Gallatin News. “I asked him how long he’d been playing football and he had to realize that the referees are part of the field. I told him that he should have to avoid me and not the other way around. On the very next play, you saw what happened.”
High school football has taken a bit of a black eye so far in the early part of this season. Just this month, two players from Texas targeted an official and hit him from behind, a New Jersey player took an opponent’s helmet off and then hit him in the head with it, one player from California smeared Icy Hot on an opponent’s face.
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