Referee Back On The Court After Alleged Assault

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email

After he says he was attacked by a parent, a youth basketball referee returns to the court. "I don't have any interests or investments in any of these kids except to make sure that they have fun playing the game of basketball," said Carlos Bradford.

Bradford usually has fun, too. However, a few weeks ago, Bradford says a parent attacked him after a game he officiated. "The guy came up to me and said you suck and I was like, dude you need to go on about your business. The next thing I knew, he turned around and grabbed my glasses and the squabble began."

Sunday was his first game back. "Take a break and get away from it for awhile. Let my mind kind of relax and chill out and get back in the right frame of mind for it again."

Many St. Columbkille parents were thrilled to see Bradford back. Fran Harrison says because the alleged attack happened at a game between two church teams, parents were surprised, but they can understand how it could have happened.

"It was a seventh-grade game, so the kids are getting a little bit older and unfortunately the parents take the games much more seriously than the kids do. But as they're hitting junior high, what tends to happen is the kids and parents are looking at high schools and there's maybe a little pressure involved, in terms of staking claim to a spot on a high school team."

Whatever the reason, Bradford was just thankful to be back.

Omaha police say the fan was ticketed for misdemeanor assault.


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