Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The video below, to say the least, is disturbing.  What we witness here is the epitome of the lack of self-control, respect, and concern for another human being.  The event took place back in 2001 in Uruguay at a basketball game in the countries professional league.

For those unfamiliar with the sport, what we see here is pretty standard practice when it comes to calling a foul and nothing peculiar, outrageous, or even controversial took place. The call was more or less cut and dry. The player in question thought that a foul should have been called when in fact the referee did not call one.

The player’s reaction was apparently disrespectful enough for the referee to call a technical foul on the player.  A technical foul is any infraction of the rules during the course of play which DOES NOT involve physical contact DURING the course of play between opposing players on the court.

Basically, anything that happens after play has ceased or any infraction involving a player and a referee.

To see the player’s reaction to the referee’s call and the consequent repercussions simply watch the video below, however; be forewarned that the results are disturbing.

Now that you have seen the video, the question arises, “could the referee have done anything differently?” Among officials who discuss their craft on the internet forum www.officiating.com, the answer is yes.

The opinion of the board seems to be that the referee did not “T with dignity.” Meaning that there was a more efficient and practical way to call the foul.  If you watch the video, the official called the technical foul in the player’s face then literally walked in his path.

The response may have been different if the official would have unemotionally called the technical foul then looped AWAY from the player to report the foul.  This does not in any way justify the player’s action but this tragedy could possibly have been avoided.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…

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