Referee Charged for Assault After Knife Pulled on Youth Football Coach

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A Knoxville, Tennessee referee was arrested after he was accused of pulling a knife on a youth football coach Saturday.

A high school resource officer said the referee, Arnold Jay Davis, III called a game as a forfeiture due to Coach Antonio Hamilton being ejected from the game. Davis believed Hamilton was causing a disturbance.

A report from the resource officers said when both teams were leaving the field, Hamilton and Davis began arguing. The referee claimed the coached made a threat to kill him.

The school resource officer said he tried to split the two men up when Davis pulled out a large pocket knife from his back pocket.

Davis faced a charge for aggravated assault. The coach was not charged as of Monday.

According to, a Knox County Parks and Recreation spokesman said both Davis and Hamilton will not be allowed to participate in youth league activities pending the outcome of a criminal investigation.

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