Football Player Arrested For Punching Referee Apologizes, Denies it was Intentional

A junior college football player in California apologized Sunday, following his arrest on suspicion of battery charges for punching an official during a game.

Bernard Schirmer, an offensive lineman on the Mount San Antonio college football team, told the Ventura Country Star that he couldn’t see where the official was standing as he flailed his arms around during a verbal confrontation with an opposing player.

“I didn’t know the ref was right inside of me, bear hugging me,” Schirmer said. He added, “I didn’t mean any of that to happen. I’m truly sorry about what happened to the ref.”

In the video above, via SoCalCollegeSports, you can see Schirmer strike the official, knocking him to the ground.

The LA Times reports that the official was knocked unconscious by the blow. He was treated at the scene and released.

The Times added in its report that the official is not likely to press charges. However, the Star reports that conference bylaws say that Schirmer may receive a five-year ban from competition for striking a game official.

[h/t ESPN]

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