By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
This always leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
I refer to this item around the Net where a soccer referee from Westland, Michigan, 44-year-old John Bieniewicz, was attacked during an “adult”-league (for men 30 and older) match in Livonia by being punched in the head and later was declared dead.
I won’t tell you the accused’s name — you can look it up if you wish but he has already been arraigned; I will leave it to the prosecutor, judge and jury to sort through the facts — but if he is guilty, he was so brave and courageous, he punched the man in the back of the head; by all accounts, the deceased didn’t see it coming!
According to witnesses and players, the accused was going to be red-carded and “took matters into his own hands” in “voicing” his displeasure with his “5 reasons to agree with me!”
Yes, sir, brave and courageous, indeed!
By all accounts, this is a pretty intense league — the Michigan United Soccer League — and play can get heated but before this, the “heat” had never turned deadly.