Michigan State University trustee accused of shoving referee

Posted at 1:59 PM, Feb 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 13:59:37-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University trustee has been charged with assault following a dispute over a referee’s calls during a girls’ basketball tournament.

The Lansing State Journal reports that Mitch Lyons was coaching one of the teams when he allegedly pushed a referee after a December game. Lyons faces a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery.

His attorney says Lyons denies the allegations. Lyons has been a university trustee since 2011.

The referee told police that he had to make a couple calls that caused one team to lose, then issued two technical fouls following a verbal dispute that followed. The referee says a coach confronted him after the game and twice pushed him in the chest with his hands.

A court hearing is set for Feb. 12.