A referee in a
youth football game was charged with aggravated assault after witnesses
said he pulled out a pocket knife during an argument with a coach.
Police said Arnold Jay Davis was arrested after working a Saturday
afternoon game at Central High School in Knoxville. The team was playing
against another team from Fulton.
According to a police report, Davis had declared the game a forfeit and
ejected Antonio Hamilton for "causing a disturbance." A school resource
officer reported that Hamilton argued with Davis as the teams left the
Davis told police that Hamilton said he was going to "kill him," but
according to a police report, nobody else who was there at the time
could corroborate that. Witnesses told police Davis pulled a large
pocket knife out of his pocket and held it by his side.
A school resource officer said Davis' knife was unopened. Other
witnesses told police the knife was open.
A Knoxville City Parks and Recreation spokesperson told Local 8 News
that he believed nine-year-olds were playing on both teams at the time.