‘Do better adults’: Three referees BRAWL at fourth-grade basketball game

Talk about technical fouls, three referees at a Colorado youth basketball game were involved in a serious brouhaha right in front of the 4th graders who were competing.

“Oh my goodness,” a man can be heard saying in the video clip capturing the violence — take note that the man did not put forth any effort to put a stop to the carnage.

A game between Cherry Creek and Legend Blue was underway according to the clip — Legend Blue was getting pounced 33-15 — when two referees began fighting with a third referee. The man being attacked is thrown to the floor and as he battles one of the assailants others step in to prevent the third referee from engaging in the melee.

The two zebras on the ground regain their footing, raising their dukes to square off before other adults in the gym descend on them to break up the nonsense.

All three men were suspended indefinitely from the league, according to the Gold Crown Foundation, which is responsible for the youth sports programs.

The foundation said in a statement: “Through our in-house camera system we were able to identify everyone involved and our staff removed all three officials from the premises. We have informed these independently contracted officials that they are suspended indefinitely from working for Gold Crown Foundation.”

“Most importantly we apologize to everyone that had to witness their unacceptable behavior – especially the kids. We hold all parties in our programs to very high standards, which in this case, were clearly not met.  This is an unfortunate reminder that we all need to keep the kids best interest in mind and that our adult behavior plays a pivotal role in youth sports,” the organization continued. “Let this also be a reminder to everyone that Gold Crown has zero tolerance for any adult behavior that puts the kids experience or safety at risk.  Again, our sincerest apologies to everyone who had to witness the incident this morning. We look forward to getting our league back on track, and resume what will be a great season for the kids.”

And we wonder why today’s youth is so unruly?

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