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Republican Lawmaker Apologises For Trying To ‘Pants’ Referee At High School Basketball Game

by : Simon Catling on : 06 Jan 2022 17:50
Republican Lawmaker Apologises For Trying To 'Pants' Referee At High School Basketball Game@HeartlandSignal/Twitter/AP

A Tennessee Republican has apologised after being filmed losing his temper at a school basketball match and attempting to ‘pants’ a referee.

45 year-old Jeremy Faison is a Tennessee House Republican, making him one of the top lawmakers in the country. He’s also got a short temper though – as bizarre footage taken from a game of basketball between Providence Academy and Lakeway Christian Academy in his home State proved.

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As the footage shows, the game between the two private religious schools was stopped after players hit the ground on a loose ball, at which point the irate Faison stepped into view.

The representative strode onto the court but was told by a referee to leave. However, Faison instead pointed a finger in the referee’s face and said, ‘You can’t tell me to leave the floor this was your fault.’

Faison then bizarrely went for an old-fashioned ‘pantsing’ and tried to grab the official’s trousers to tug them down, only to fail – much to the bemusement of everyone in attendance. He then departed the scene.

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Unfortunately for the Republican, the game was being streamed by Providence Academy, and so it wasn’t long before his actions were viewed by a wider audience, leading to him issuing an apology.

In a Facebook post later shared on his own Twitter, Faison wrote, ‘For years I thought how wrong it is when a parent loses their temper at a sporting event. It’s not Christian and it’s not mature and it’s embarrassing to the child have always been my thoughts.

‘Unfortunately, I acted the fool tonight and lost my temper on a ref. I was wanting him to fight me. Totally lost my junk and got booted from the from the gym.’

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Faison continued:

I’ve never really lost my temper for all to see, but I did tonight and it was completely stupid of me.

Emotions getting in the way of rational thoughts are never good.

I hope to be able to find the ref and ask for his forgiveness. I was bad wrong.

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By the time of his apology, however, Faison’s misdeed had already reached the rest of the House.

”Pantsing’ a ref on the gym floor is next level bullying…not even the stuff of middle school locker rooms,’ Rep. Gloria Johnson, a Knoxville Democrat, tweeted in his response.

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The rest of the House, we presume, will be doubly sure to make sure they’re wearing belts when in session from now on.

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