A heated lacrosse match between Florida high schools St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Andrews this past Tuesday night turned ugly when St. Thomas defender Jake Champion decided he wasn’t content with being ejected for throwing a punch at an opponent that he decided to sucker punch a second opponent as he was walking off the field of play.
St. Thomas Aquinas was losing 15-5 at the time of the ejection/sucker punch, and would go on to lose the regional final 20-6.
St. Andrews attacker Jordan Todd was the unlucky recipient of Champion’s sucker punch. The cheap shot leveled Todd and he lay on the turf for 20-30 seconds before getting back to his feet and finishing the game.
For his poor sportsmanship and questionable actions Champion was suspended from school and from athletics by the Florida High School athletic association.
St. Thomas’ athletic director George Smith was not pleased with Champion’s actions. “Poor sportsmanship is unacceptable of our students, athletes and parents. The student has been suspended from school for the remainder of the week, pending further disciplinary action by the Administrative Council,” he said.
Here’s the video of Champion acting like anything but a champion…
Brutal. Just brutal. Whatever further punishment Champion receives is totally warranted, in my humble opinion.