Nashville highschool soccer coach sued for allegedly ‘clotheslining’ a referee

A highschool referee is pursing authorized motion towards a soccer coach for allegedly “clotheslining” him throughout a sport in August.

Referee Trae Cardwell mentioned he ended up in a hospital 4 days as a result of incident. 

Cardwell was officiating a sport between Maplewood High School and Hunters Lane High School in Nashville when he was allegedly clotheslined as he ran down the sideline within the second quarter.

Caldwell famous that he was making his manner down Hunters Lane’s sideline to officiate a punt.

Football in grass

Referee Trae Cardwell is suing a Nashville highschool soccer coach  (Fox News)

The Tennessean obtained video exhibiting a referee, presumably Cardwell, operating the sector and finally colliding with a coach because the coach pointed towards the sector.


Coaches are required to remain inside a buffer zone throughout dwell play. They are additionally restricted from strolling onto the sector throughout a sport. In the video, the coach seems to be standing exterior the coaches’ designated space.

The official is seen rolling over to his abdomen whereas his arms are on his head virtually instantly after the collision.

Skyline of Nashville, Tennessee

Skyline of Nashville (Adina Olteanu by way of Getty Images)

According to a postgame report, Cardwell was supplied with time to assemble himself following the Incident. He was capable of officiate the rest of the sport.

Thomas was not ejected from the sport, however his group obtained a 15-yard penalty. 

Football and football helmet on gridiron

Referee Trae Cardwell is suing a Nashville highschool soccer coach (Fox News )

Once Cardwell bought again dwelling to Lexington, he had bother respiration and was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center’s intensive care unit, the place he stayed 4 days receiving remedy on his injured trachea, Kerrick mentioned.

Cardwell claims in his go well with that Thomas and his employer, Metro Nashville Public Schools, have been negligent. The go well with was filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, and Cardwell is searching for greater than $75,000 in damages.

Thomas couldn’t be reached for remark.

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