Former Spring Grove football all-star gets probation in assault case

Aimee Ambrose
York Dispatch

A former high school football all-star will do a year of probation and community service to settle accusations he punched a referee last year.

Tyree Brooks, 20, was sentenced Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of simple assault.

Spring Grove's Tyree Brooks during football action against Dallastown at Papermaker Stadium in Jackson Township, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Spring Grove would win the game 41-26. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The term, handed down by York County Court of Common Pleas Judge Harry Ness, called for 12 months of probation and 35 hours of community service, court records show. Counts of aggravated assault and assault on a sports official were dismissed as part of Brooks’ plea on Oct. 24.

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The admission came about a year after police alleged Brooks punched a referee and knocked him out following a Spring Grove Area High School football game on Oct. 1, 2021.

Police said the referee had earlier ejected Brooks for unsportsmanlike conduct during the game against Dover Area High School.

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That season, Brooks was a 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior at Spring Grove. He was also a York-Adams Division I First Team All-Star linebacker during the 2020 football season.

Brooks previously apologized for his conduct through his attorney, George Marros.

"Tyree accepts responsibility for his conduct and understands that there is no excuse for his actions," the statement read. "Tyree also understands the harm ... his actions have brought."

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