A University of Arizona cheerleader was ejected from a basketball game after repeatedly yelling at an Arizona State player despite being “asked to please stop,” according to a referee.
The referee, Randy McCall, told the Arizona Republic that he needed to eject the male cheerleader during the second half of Thursday night’s matchup between the rival colleges in Tempe because he didn’t heed a prior warning to stop heckling opposing players.
“He was yelling, using the [megaphone] to call out people by name, which is not acceptable,” McCall told the newspaper. “And he was asked to please stop, and he chose not to.”
McCall said the cheerleader wasn’t using profanity, but still had to go. Cheerleaders aren’t permitted to yell into megaphones or to call out players’ names, according to the official referee handbook.
Arizona’s cheerleading team declined to comment, according to the newspaper.
Arizona State guard Remy Martin was at the free throw line when McCall took notice of the cheerleader, who was not identified.
McCall glared at the cheerleader just before he said, “Not today, Remy,” ESPN reports.
McCall then walked over to the scorer’s table and said the cheerleader needed to “get out of here,” another source told ESPN.
Arizona ended up beating its rival, 77-70.