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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Florida high school player attacks referee over ejection

By Cindy Boren

Mason Holland, a 6-foot-5 senior swingman for DeSoto County High School in Florida, was not happy when the referee ejected him in a recent game...and he let the referee have it.

Holland pushed away a Port Charlotte opponent twice, drawing a whistle, a technical and then an ejection. At that point, Holland reacted physically, the game was stopped immediately and Port Charlotte was awarded the victory by forfeit.

"I've coached 40 years and never seen anything close to that," DeSoto County Coach Joe Sheridan said. "I don't teach this -- I teach boys to be men. I apologize for his behavior to the school and the community. That young man will never play again here at DeSoto."

Holland has been suspended by the school and may face further discipline and perhaps criminal charges.

By Cindy Boren  | December 15, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
 
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Comments

Oh, kid, kid, kid: You. Cannot. Do that.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | December 15, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Hope this kid gets effective anger management counseling and eventually a second chance on another team, because he's too young for this to be the defining moment of his basketball career (and his life).

But still, this is really, really awful.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 15, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Thug Life!! What a punk

Posted by: djdavew2002 | December 15, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

One moment of rage can ruin a lifetime....this child is about to find out....

Posted by: ejharrisjr40 | December 15, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Good thing he didn't throw any punches and just resorted to a weak body slam or the criminal charges would be imminent with this amount of press.

Posted by: rfe18 | December 15, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Looks like this kid missed a few basics . . .first, it's only a game; secondly, good sportsmanship is a requirement now matter how serious one takes the game. It might serve him well to be banned for the rest of the season to help drive home the first 2 lessons.

Posted by: cricket35 | December 15, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

It's Florida. Pray he doesn't get a gun.

Posted by: bs2004 | December 15, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The first sign of a declining civilization is bad manners....and, people in the stands were smiling. What's frustrating to know is some junior college coach somewhere may have followed this kid and will offer him a spot on his team, despite his thuggish behavior "so we can give this kid a second chance at life..."...

Posted by: felizzi1 | December 16, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

I've played and watched the game of basketball 44 yrs. and thanks to the referee protecting the player Mr. Holland intially was (bullying) not boxing out. Coach Sheridan of Desoto's immediate reaction said it all this is not wrestling or thug verison of football. Pressing legal charges should be left up to the referee and school district. Defininetly this young man needs minimal a year of Anger Mgmt. if not completed no possiblity of a second chance to play in state of Florida. Now to play the loving game of Basketball you'll need a "background check". We who love the game have always protected the referee's as they have protected us.

Posted by: jdowling14 | December 16, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

That's "Definitely"...hopefully Mr. Holland (young man body slamming ref)will learn as I did and all my teammates many who've played in the NBA...spelling is more important than playing sports.

Posted by: jdowling14 | December 16, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

In Florida Thugdom this event was "Offbeat" in the Orlando Slantinel. Also sooo buried it had 3 comments. The comments here all generally relevant but not overly pointed. The young man is awaiting the FHSAA ruling which I predict will be very mild in comparison to the video recorded actions. Suspension for the season is insignificant and minimal at best. High school suspension is the starting level of punishment along with criminal charges.

Posted by: kidvid | December 16, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

In Florida Thugdom this event was "Offbeat" in the Orlando Slantinel. Also sooo buried it had 3 comments. The comments here all generally relevant but not overly pointed. The young man is awaiting the FHSAA ruling which I predict will be very mild in comparison to the video recorded actions. Suspension for the season is insignificant and minimal at best. High school suspension is the starting level of punishment along with criminal charges.

Posted by: kidvid | December 16, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

lots of mental health experts posting here it seems.

This dumb kid should have been arrested immediately, whether or not the ref presses charges. A crime (assault and battery) is an offense against the state (i.e., the people - that's us!) and punishment needs to be swift and sure. An example must be established for all these high school kids otherwise they get excused and land college scholarships where their unacceptable behavior gets worse.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | December 16, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

felizzi1 ... the spectators simply acted as "mobs" generally do ... it isn't indicative of any particular decline in the civilization. You're stretching here for your own agenda.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | December 16, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Too much testosterone. He's young there's time to learn to manage his behavior. It would be nice to know how many years this kid has played the game. If this is his first outburst, then the media should not over react. People calling him a thug and talking about guns are simply reinforcing hateful stereotypes.

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | December 16, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

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