Tennessee legislator Jeremy Faison kicked out of HS basketball game

Tennessee State Rep. Jeremy Faison (R) apologized on Tuesday, declaring that he “acted the fool” en route to expulsion from a high school basketball game.

The 45-year-old lawmaker attended a game Tuesday between Providence Academy and Lakewood Christian Academy in Johnson City, Tennessee. Providence Academy livestreamed video of the match, in which Faison argued with an umpire as he walked onto the field. He pointed to the referee’s face and then seemed to try in vain to pull down the referee’s pants.

The video of the game has been removed from the school’s Facebook feed, but has been captured elsewhere on social media.

Faison was kicked out of the gym.

‘I played the fool tonight’

After the game, he apologized on social media, declaring, “I behaved the fool tonight. I hope to make it right.”

“For years I’ve thought how wrong it is for a parent to lose their temper at a sporting event,” Faison wrote. “It’s not Christian and it’s not adult and it’s embarrassing to the child, those have always been my thoughts.

“Unfortunately tonight I played the fool and lost my temper on a referee. I wanted him to fight me. I completely lost my shit and got kicked out of the gym. I never really lost my temper for anyone to see, but “I did it tonight and it was completely stupid of me. Emotions that get in the way of rational thoughts are never good. I hope to find the referee and ask for his forgiveness. I was very wrong.”

FILE - Rep.  Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, center, talk to Rep.  Dan Howell, R-Georgetown, departed at an August 11, 2020 meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.  losing his temper and being sent off from watching a high school basketball game after confronting a referee, including a curt gesture to pull down the official's pants, which is visible in video footage of the match.  On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, Representative Jeremy Faison, 45, posted on Twitter that he had acted like a fool tonight and lost my temper on a referee.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)

Representative Jeremy Faison, center, apologized for an incident at a high school basketball game. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)

Ref has submitted a report to athletics association

The Tennessean reports that the incident prompted the referee to call the police. According to the report, the police were not called in the end. The reason why is not clear. The official filed a report with the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, which is standard procedure, according to Tennessean reports.

According to the TSSAA report obtained by the Tennesseean, Faison walked from the stands to the field after a scuffle on the field prompted the referee to whistle both teams for technical fouls. The referee told Faison to leave the gym, which he initially refused, according to the report.

“You can’t tell me to leave the floor, this was your fault,” Faison is said to have said in response to the referee.

The referee stated that Faison then tried to “pull down and take off” his pants. Faison then left the gym “without further incident,” according to the report.

Faison has not publicly raised the incident beyond his social media post. He is the chairman of Tennessee’s House Republican Caucus.

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