NE Man Takes Responsibility for Assaulting Referee

Posted 2 years ago

By Scott Carlson

refereeA Nebraska man has pleaded no contest to assaulting a referee at his son’s church league basketball game earlier this year.

Fifty-four-year-old Joseph Stephans pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault on Monday and apologized for his actions.

Prosecutors say Stephans grabbed referee Carlos Bradford’s glasses during the game and broke them before briefly struggling with Bradford at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School. Other parents broke up the confrontation.

Bradford says this is an example of parents who take their kid’s sports too seriously.

Stephans told the judge he wants to put the Feb. 3 incident behind him.

Prosecutors agreed not to seek jail time for Stephans as long as he pays to replace Bradford’s broken glasses. Stephans is scheduled to be sentenced on May 30.

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