Former Spring Grove football player pleads guilty in referee assault
A former high school football all-star who punched a referee last year has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.
Tyree Brooks, 19, pleaded to a simple assault charge on Monday. He was accused of striking the referee and knocking him out following a home game on Oct. 1, 2021.
Brooks, who had been ejected earlier in the game due to unsportsmanlike conduct, subsequently apologized publicly for the incident through his attorney, George Marros.
"Tyree is committed to addressing the factors that have led to this incident and expresses his sincere determination that this type of incident will never happen again," that statement read.
Marros did not respond to a request for comment Friday. Brooks himself could not be reached for comment.
According to the criminal complaint, filed by an officer who was at the game, Brooks struck a referee who had previously ejected him from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct. Brooks was on his team's sideline after being ejected in the game's third quarter.
Referees told police Brooks was ejected for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, one for taunting an opponent and the second for showing "disrespect" to the official who penalized him.
After striking the referee, Brooks was charged with a felony count of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor count of assault on a sports official and the simple assault count. The aggravated assault and sports official assault charges were dropped as part of his plea during a hearing in the York County Court of Common Pleas.
He’s now scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 20, court records show.
At the time of the assault, Brooks was a 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior, one of Spring Grove’s top players. He was a York-Adams Division I First Team All-Star linebacker during the 2020 football season.
— Aimee Ambrose can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @aimee_TYD.