Player Body Slams Ref During H.S. Game
Teen faces felony charge for basketball incident
DECEMBER 14--A high school basketball player who shoved and body slammed a referee during a game last night is facing a felony battery charge, according to a police report.
As seen in the above video, Mason Holland, 18, assaulted Jim Hamm after the 51-year-old referee hit him with a technical foul. Holland, pictured below, is captain of the DeSoto High School varsity squad, which faced off yesterday against Port Charlotte High School.
The 6’ 7” Holland was escorted from the basketball court by a DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office detective who was assigned to the game. Hamm told the deputy that he “did not want to see Mason get arrested and go to jail but did want to file a report/charges.”
In an interview last night with police, a “remorseful” Holland appeared to blame the referees for allowing opposing players to rough him up without whistling them for fouls. Holland “stated that the referees were seeing this happen but was not calling any fouls on the opposing team.”
Holland said that he lost his temper “and took it out on the referee when he should not have.”
Based on their investigation, sheriff’s deputies determined that probable cause existed to charge Holland with felony battery. That recommendation “will be sent to the States Attorney’s Office for review.” (2 pages)