A community college offensive lineman was immediately ejected from a game and later arrested for battery Saturday night after knocking out a referee during the third quarter of a game between Ventura College and Mount San Antonio in California.
The incident was caught on camera.
The Ventura County Star reports that the lineman’s name is Bernard Schirmer. You can see in the video above that the referee moves in to break up a verbal spat between players.
That’s when Schirmer’s arm swings and hits the referee in the head, knocking him to the ground. The referee, who hasn’t been named, lays on the ground and appears to be unconscious.
Schirmer was ejected and then arrested on suspicion of battery of a game official.
“I was on the bench talking and I heard everyone going crazy so I jumped up and saw him on the ground,” Ventura College quarterback Jake Luton said of the incident. “That’s terrible. There’s no place for that in football.”
Schirmer is 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds.
As the New York Daily News noted, a woman identifying herself as Schirmer’s brother later tweeted a message claiming that he was punching his helmet.
“MY BROTHER DID NOT PUNCH THE REF,” Brooklyn Schirmer tweeted Sunday. “HE PUNCH [sic] HIS OWN HELMET AND HAPPENED TO ACCIDENTALLY HIT THE REF.”