Controversial Call During HS Football Game Left Athlete’s Future In Doubt

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBS4) – On a recent Friday afternoon, a group of high school coaches and athletic directors gathered to decide the fate of Jonathan Brown, a Miami Coral Park High School junior.

“It could be a criminal case if the state attorney’s office decided to take this up,” noted an official from the Florida High School Athletic Association, the governing board for all high school sports in the state

“I do not want a young man to have a potential felony on his record,” said one member of the panel.

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During a football game last November, a referee accused Brown of intentionally striking him in the chest with his forearm. Based solely on the referee’s word the FHSAA invoked their own version of the death penalty on Brown – barring him from ever again competing in high school sports.

When CBS4 News first sat down…

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