A Mother Teresa girls basketball player has been suspended for two games after a referee called their game against Etienne Brule with four minutes left, claiming he had been verbally threatened in a TDCAA senior girls’ basketball contest on Monday.
Jamella Stephenson, who had scored 17 points in a game Teresa trailed by 11, was accused of making a threatening gesture to both the game official and the opposing coach.
Mother Teresa coach Wesley Gallenero, who spoke to the referee after the game was called, is disputing the decision and standing by his player 100 per cent.
“He said ‘I had to stop the game because she looked at the coach’,” Gallenero said with disbelief, minutes after the game ended. This was not in her nature, he added.
The referee declined to comment regarding his decision to call the game, sitting at 33-22 for Brule before the whistle went.
“I don’t know why he called the game,” said Stephenson, who buried her face in her hands after the call.