A high school coach in Massachusetts has been charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct following an incident in which he allegedly chest-bumped, shoved and bit a referee following his team’s 9-1 loss on Wednesday night.
According to a police report, the altercation was fuelled by an icing call that Taunton High School coach, 46-year-old William C. Kenney III, disagreed with. Kenney was released and pleas of not guilty were entered on his behalf, according to a report from The Boston Globe.
As the game between Taunton and King Philip Regional High School came to a close and the teams met at center ice to shake hands, Kenney approached a referee, according to the police report. After a short argument, there was a scuffle. It was at this time that Kenney is alleged to have “chest-bumped” and “shoved” the referee.
The Globe’s Evan Allen reports the referee had told police he was taunted for the entire game following the first period icing call and was allegedly threatened by Kenney. It was following the verbal threats that the alleged assault occurred, in which Kenney is accused of biting the referee’s finger, drawing blood in the process.
There was an officer at the game, who pulled the two men apart and removed Kenney from the ice.
According to a statement from Taunton superintendent Julie Hackett, Kenney has since entered a letter of resignation to the school district.