WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – A former Lincoln High School assistant football coach is now facing criminal charges after confronting a referee following a controversial hit during a game at West Des Moines Dowling last Friday.
Forty-four-year-old Jason Storm is facing one charge of first-degree harassment for the incident. He was booked into the Polk County Jail at 4:22 a.m. Wednesday.
During the second quarter of Friday’s matchup between Dowling and Lincoln, Lincoln’s quarterback was hit hard with helmet to helmet contact that may have been intentional. The quarterback is also Storm’s son.
The referee did not throw a penalty flag for targeting.
Storm ran onto the field and confronted the referee about the no-call and admits he over-reacted. He has already resigned his position and his attorney says he is trying to take responsibility.
“Mr. Storm is deeply embarrassed by the situation. He voluntarily resigned because he hopes this situation doesn’t become a distraction for his team,” said attorney Gary Dickey.
Storm also self-reported the incident to the Board of Education Examiners. The Des Moines Public Schools District says they are waiting to see what responsibility the referee and the Iowa High School Athletic Association is going to take in regard to a “dangerous missed call.”
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