Fan Spits in Referee’s Face

A fan at a youth basketball game recently gave new meaning to “March Madness”. He spit in the referee’s face.

It happened at an 8th grade girls’ game in Omaha. According to a police report, 43-year old Keith Williams became upset the way the game was being played. Williams is a relative of one of the players. The referee, who wished to remain anonymous, tells Six On Your Side’s Mike McKnight that there was an effort to calm Williams down. However, Williams became more agitated. He approached the referee, used profanity, and spit in the referee’s face.

Williams has been charged with misdemeanor assault.

City Attorney Marty Conboy says, “Spitting on someone when it gets in their faces raises the level of fear for disease and other injury. Plus, it’s such an affront that, clearly, it’s fighting conduct.”

Keith Williams has pleaded not guilty to the charge of third degree assault. A conviction could get him six months in jail. He is being held in jail on a $250,000 bond. Because of his violent past, Williams is in a section of the jail where he cannot talk to Six On Your Side.


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