High school coach on leave after apparently head-butting ref
LANGHORNE, Pa. (January 6, 2016) — A Pennsylvania high school basketball coach who apparently head-butted a referee during a game has been put on leave.
Videos posted online show Neshaminy High School boys basketball coach Jerry Devine confronting a referee Tuesday night after he disagreed with a foul call. The team was trailing Pennsbury High School 46-42 with less than 40 seconds left in the game.
As Devine charges onto the court, another referee approaches him and the coach appears to head-butt the ref, knocking him to the floor.
Devine was ejected from the game.
The school district says in a statement Wednesday that the coach, who also teaches algebra and history, has been placed on administrative leave pending a review of the incident.
Devine’s home phone rang unanswered Wednesday morning.
Pennsbury won the game 49-42.