Maybe he thought the referee needed new glasses.
Omaha police said a 54-year-old Bellevue man became so upset at a Catholic grade school basketball game that he walked up to the referee and yanked the man's $300 eyeglasses off his face.
The fan broke the glasses in his hand, referee Carlos Bradford told The World-Herald, and a scuffle ensued.
The Feb. 3 game was played at St. Margaret Mary, 61st and Dodge Streets. The seventh- grade boys from St. Margaret Mary had just defeated St. Mary of Bellevue.
Bradford, 54, said he didn't hear the fan at all during the game, the second of three he was officiating that day at St. Margaret Mary.
He said the Bellevue man approached him as he was walking off the gym floor and greeted him with two words: “You suck.”
The fan grabbed the eyeglasses, and the two briefly fought — Bradford said punches were exchanged — before parents separated them.
“I just started defending myself,” Bradford said, “and it was on.”
After the tussle, Bradford called police. A fan helped him tape his eyeglasses together. He officiated the next game. Neither man asked for medical attention, according to a police report.
Police ticketed Joseph V. Stephans on suspicion of misdemeanor assault and destruction of property. Attempts to reach him for comment Friday were unsuccessful.
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