LBS- Multiple sources in attendance tell CoBL that the video shows action with under 30 seconds left in the game, when a Neshaminy player was called for a charge after going in for a layup that could have made it a 3-point game, at which point Devine lost his cool.
I think we can all agree that this high school basketball coach, in the middle of Pennsyltucky no less, is taking his job a little bit too seriously. A game between a bunch of white boys from Neshaminy and Pennsbury will never have large enough implications to justify eliciting such a ridiculously excessive response. However, while it's never right to physically assault an official, if you're going to do it then it better be via head-butt. That official obviously didn't deserve what he got, but at least he can take a little solace in the fact that the coach will also be waking up with a throbbing headache/mild concussion. That's the one thing you can say about head-butts. As far as physical assault goes, it's a pretty honorable act. It takes a man whose willing to sacrifice his own well being to truly pull one off, and pull one off he did. Say what you want about the man's emotional stability or ability to manage anger, but don't you dare tell me he doesn't know how to throw a picturesque head-butt. The knee bend? The forward lean? The upper trajectory while launching his skull into the face of another grown man. I don't know of a profession where he can properly put that skill set to use but there's no doubt that he has it.
My one problem with this video is that - even by head-butt standards - it was a complete and total cheap shot. He goes from verbally eviscerating one ref to stabbing the other official's brain with his nose bone in no more than half a second. That just doesn't sit well with me. You can't be equally pissed at both guys for one call. You can't be so enraged by a foul in a meaningless high school basketball game that you don't even care which person you head-butt. The head-butt is a move so vicious that you better have a clear and distinct target that you deem worthy. Judging from this very short video I would say that the guy who actually made the call is the one that got away with his face intact, and I can't endorse that type of frivolous use of face-on-face violence. At the very least you have to give your intended recipient at least a second or two to realize that your anger is focused on him. This poor bastard was mid-technical and never even saw it coming. Now when the coach you're giving the boot to resembles a raging bull that just got hit with a soldering iron then it's probably not best to T him up from six inches away, but that doesn't make his usage of the most barbaric act of aggression anymore justified.