Excessive College Ref Who Walked Out Over Anthem Protests Worries About Infants Disrespecting Flag, Had Racist Fb Posts

An unrelated ref really standing on the sector, doing his job. (Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Pictures)

Two New Jersey highschool refs—Ernie Lunardelli and his son, Anthony Lunardelli—walked off the sector on Friday evening in Middlebad County as a result of 4 gamers from Monroe HS knelt throughout the nationwide anthem. Ernie Lunardelli informed NJ.com he’d knowledgeable superiors he wouldn’t officiate any recreation the place gamers demonstrated throughout the nationwide anthem.

Lunardelli, requested for his reasoning, gave NJ.com a curious response:

“Whoever is disrespecting that flag and the nationwide anthem, that’s who I’ve an issue with,” Lunardelli mentioned. “That’s my protest. I don’t care if it’s a child, if it’s an 80-year-old man, anyone. I don’t care. Any race, colour, I don’t care who it’s. It’s not the way in which I used to be introduced up and it pisses me off that persons are doing that.”

To not parse this quote an excessive amount of, however… really, yeah, let’s try this. How may a child disrespect the flag? A child doesn’t know what the flag means! I badume a child may shit on the flag. “If I see a child utilizing a flag as a diaper, there isn’t any method I’ll ref that soccer recreation” is an precise badertion one may make in 2017. However, geeze, that’s harsh. Even the Catholic Church now says unbaptized infants are “entrusted by the Church to the mercy of God.”

Junior officers who have been scheduled to work the chain crew changed the Lunardellis, who have been additionally pulled from one other highschool recreation on Saturday. Ernie Lunardelli says the sport shouldn’t have been performed as a result of the gamers have been at risk with out him there, and that he’s contacted a lawyer as a result of “they’re going to attempt to blackball me.”

And right here’s what occurred subsequent: NJ.com checked out social media accounts belonging to Ernie Lunardelli and Anthony Lunardelli. Guess what they discovered!

On a Fb put up from Jan. 21 displaying an image of President Barack Obama and First Woman Michelle Obama, Ernie Lunardelli wrote: “Yea! Thanks for f***ing up the nation!! Again to the zoo!!”

On one other Fb put up in regards to the Obamas on Jan. 20 — President Donald Trump’s inauguration day — Lunardelli additionally posted: “Again to the zoo!!!”

In the meantime, his son and the opposite official, Anthony Lunardelli, described Giants quarterback Eli Manning as having “jew luck” in a Fb touch upon Feb. 5, 2012.

You additionally know the subsequent badertion, too: Ernie Lunardelli, contacted by the web site, mentioned he was “hacked” and that, anyway, his greatest good friend is black (and “lives within the rental I personal”), so he couldn’t presumably be racist.


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