Jeremy Faison is in hot water after a bizarre outburst at a high school basketball game in his native Tennessee. This marks the second incident of inappropriate fan behavior towards an official at a youth sports game this week. Referee assaults have become a troubling trend.
Faison is a Republican State Representative and serves as the State House GOP Chair. The politician threw a tantrum as he took in the tilt between Providence Academy and Lakeway Christian on Tuesday night in Johnson City. The behavior was not fitting for an elected official.
Faison was caught on video after losing his temper during a stoppage in play. The State Rep got up close and personal with the official. Jeremy later said he lost his cool and was trying to start a fight.
The Nashville Tennessean reported that Jeremy Faison felt remorse for his action. Faison hopes to get an opportunity to apologize to the referee. The behavior was not a very Christian thing to do, he noted.
“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. 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.”
The police were not called to the scene. Referee Paul Pendleton did file a report after the fact with the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Jeremy Faison will probably want to stay away from high school sports for a while after this incident.
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