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Mt. San Antonio College lineman Bernard Schirmer is facing a five-year ban from the California Community College Athletic Association for this following incident where he knocked out a referee.
That’s a massive offensive lineman striking an old man half his size. Is that ref dead? You just can’t do that, big fella. Shocked this didn’t happen in the Oklahoma State-Central Michigan Game. But then again, maybe Oklahoma State realized they shouldn’t have intentionally grounded that ball.
According to NBC Los Angeles, Bernard was arrested on the field for suspicion of felony battery. He was released on bail Sunday morning. The school reviewed the video and claim that the incident was an accident.
Apparently, Bernard likes to hit himself in the helmet to calm himself down, and that’s what he was doing in this situation and just connected with the ref on the follow-through. After watching the tape again, I can kind of see it. He makes contact with his helmet before striking the ref.
Which is a good thing for the ref or else we might actually be talking about a murder..
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