Tennessee Rep. Jeremy Faison was removed from a basketball game at Providence Academy, a religious K-12 school in Johnson City, after attempting to fight and pants a referee Tuesday.
Rep. Faison represents District 11, which contains Cocke County and parts of Jefferson and Greene Counties. Faison is also one of the top-ranking Republicans in the Tennessee House. He took to social media after the incident, saying he “acted the fool.”
A King County man on Monday pleaded not guilty to a felony second-degree assault charge after he was accused last month of storming the basketball court while his son was playing during a middle-school game, leaving the referee with severe injuries.
Mark McLaughlin, 31, of Kenmore, who according to court documents stands 6-feet-6-inches tall, weighs more than 200 pounds and is a former basketball player himself, turned himself in last month before posting bail in the amount of $20,000.
He was expected to return to court in February for another hearing.
McLaughlin and his attorney declined comment on the case after an arraignment hearing Monday before a King County Superior Court judge.
According to court documents, McLaughlin charged towards the the 72-year-old referee during a Kenmore Middle School game on the evening of Dec. 16, pushing the game official from the back to the ground.
The referee, who requested anonymity, told KOMO News that he is recovering from a broken nose, two fractured ribs and injuries to his face,
Bystanders in the game filmed the incident and captured a man jumping from the stands and charging onto the basketball court.