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Rochester, New York – Peter McCabe has been a referee for more than 25 years and has never had anything happen to him like what happened to him after a playoff game with the Western New York Cougars. After a rowdy game that involved a fight and some players were ejected, the Cougars ended up losing the game by two points. After the end of the game, the winning team lined up to shake hands, but the Cougars did not. As the players were walking off the field, a player from the Cougars swung his helmet into McCabe’s face giving him a detached nose, a hairline fracture in his skull, a broke jaw and nearly every bone in his face fractured.Another referee who saw it happen says the player stood over McCabe and said, “Take that! Take that!” and then walked away. To make things worse, team members of the Cougars refused to hand over their cell phones so someone could call 911.

Member Of Losing Team Uses Helmet To Break Nearly Every Bone In Refs FaceHe was walking off the field and remembers seeing an object just for a quick moment come by the left side of his head, and the next thing you know he was on the ground,” said McCabe’s brother-in-law Mark Whitford. “He tried to get up but had so much blood coming off of him.” McCabe must now have reconstructive surgery and has stated he is done with refereeing.

The Rochester Chapter of Certified Football Officials called this an “outrageous, cowardly act,” adding “Our council will be discussing whether or not to continue to officiate these games in the future.News 10NBC states they know the identity of the suspect, but are not releasing that info at the request of police. Investigators are searching for the suspect but at this point, no one is in custody.

To make things worse, McCabe was not even supposed to be there that Saturday night. He was filling in for another referee who did not want to deal with the semi professional league — because of concerns over safety.

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Member Of Losing Team Uses Helmet To Break Nearly Every Bone In Refs Face
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  • Coyote

    I’ve officiated sporting events before, and know it’s a thankless job. I’ve had kids and coaches in my face arguing my decision and that’s to be expected. I’ve never felt physically threatened or have been threatened let alone actually physically assaulted. I think the Rochester Chapter of Certified Football Officials should cease providing officials to these teams’ games.
    The player who did this needs to be brought to justice and charged for his actions. From what I’m reading in this story the entire team is nothing but losers.

  • Wildheart

    Jeez, little kids display better sportsmanship than these loser pussies! When they arrest this jerk, they should let Mr. McCabe have a whack at him.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=12 Athena

    That team should be disqualified from all games for the rest of the season. Multiple members displayed intolerable behavior. Withholding phones to prevent people from calling 911? To hell with those sore losers. Let them go without their entire season.

  • sarabei

    I think the whole team should be disbanded. That is plain disgusting behavior!

  • The Nihilist

    I don’t know….it’s a ref. Aren’t they below humans? Aren’t they like….worse than plants? It’s like if a kid steps on a flower, do we prosecute that kid? Of course not. So this guy got his face blown up. How many times have we wished that upon refs.

    To me, this kid should be enshrined in some hall of honor somewhere.

  • shadowman

    Criminal charges should be levied…something like assault w/intent to do great bodily harm. He should be banned for life from the game. The dude has some real anger issues apparently, so maybe a little counseling wouldn’t hurt either.

  • sarabei

    I also think the ones who wouldn’t give up their phones so someone could call for help should be held accountable in someway.

  • the.left.lane

    this is the sort of stuff i REALLY struggle to understand – unchecked violence against a stranger. i hope they throw the fucker responsible underneath the jail. maximum sentence please.

    please keep us posted on this one.

  • Zibarro

    Those are the kinds of ‘boys’ parents put into sports hoping to channel their violence – and channel it they did – right onto a referee just doing his (thankless) job. Same kind of ‘boys’ who will, when angered, put an extra hard tackle on another player … who wasn’t within 20 feet of the ball carrier… just because they could. What’s really sad? There really ARE people out there who support and encourage this type of behavior from their ‘athlete’s’. Parents who will pat their kid on the back for outrageous behavior. No way this was the first time this asswipe lost it at or after a game. Just the worst.

    I hope he is identified and prosecuted. Not sure if there can be charges for those who stood by – the U.S. has no “Duty to Rescue” law and New York has no “Good Samaritan” law. I think things need to change. This trend of standing by watching and doing nothing while another suffers is despicable.

  • Siobhan

    I don’t know….it’s a ref. Aren’t they below humans? Aren’t they like….worse than plants? It’s like if a kid steps on a flower, do we prosecute that kid? Of course not. So this guy got his face blown up. How many times have we wished that upon refs.

    To me, this kid should be enshrined in some hall of honor somewhere.

    These weren’t kids, they were semi-pros, and far too old to be losing their temper to this degree over a game which would have been canceled without an attending referee.

    Nearly every bone in the victim’s face is broken, and his nose was detached.
    That will take reconstructive surgery and months (if not years) to heal all of the damage.
    Chances are this man will suffer pain from this unprovoked attack for the rest of his life.

  • E Diddy

    Here’s a lineup of these children. I’m sure this is only the beginning of lineups that they’ll be involved in. I’d have to say that this is a hate crime, and the perp needs to be charged with such.

    http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=wnycougarsfootball

  • biteme

    This is a semi pro team not kids, these are mostly young adults most getting paid to play. The team should be disqualified first, fined 2nd, removed from the league 3rd and never allowed into a league again. It apparently isn’t just the one player, this team seems to be made up of criminal elements, which starts at the top from owner, coach on down to the payers

  • biteme

    The Nihilist
    8:44 pm on October 28th, 2009
    I don’t know….it’s a ref. Aren’t they below humans? Aren’t they like….worse than plants? It’s like if a kid steps on a flower, do we prosecute that kid? Of course not. So this guy got his face blown up. How many times have we wished that upon refs.
    To me, this kid should be enshrined in some hall of honor somewhere.

    Hopefully he’ll move in next store and the two of you can have long lovely chats, wouldn’t that be wonderful.

  • CassieMomma

    To make things worse, McCabe was not even supposed to be there that Saturday() night. He was filling in for another referee who did not want to deal with the semi professional league — because of concerns over safety

    That’s great. So there’s been a problem for a while and it’s just been ignored. Nice!

  • obsolete

    To make things worse, McCabe was not even supposed to be there that Saturday() night.

    Did anyone else hear Dante Hick’s voice when they read this line or is it just me?

  • sayitisntso

    http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-refereeattacked&prov=ap&type=lgns

    Player has been arrested and is in jail, as he should be. He should never be allowed to play semi-pro ball again.

  • E Diddy

    Gangsta as I wanna be.

  • the.left.lane

    Did anyone else hear Dante Hick’s voice when they read this line or is it just me?

    yup. sure did.

  • Reputable
  • melb1970

    lovely another human being that doesn’t need to reproduce. the whole team should be suspended what pigs!!

  • unraveled_bear

    I’m with Sarabei. Disband the team. Blacklist all the players who wouldn’t hand over their phones and bar them from ever playing again, on top of whatever criminal charges they can pin on them.

    Sports should be fun. These fuckers make me sick.

  • Anna B.

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Leon-Woods-86207

    They removed his standings from the NFL scouting website. You know, the one where they keep players they might consider for pro football someday? Yeah, somebody just trashed his own future.

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