One of the more disturbingly violent on-field incidents in recent high school sports history may be settled in a courtroom, after Acworth, Ga., native Adam Chumley was charged with misdemeanor battery for attacking an opponent with that player's own football helmet in a game on Friday.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CBS Atlanta and a variety of other Georgia sources, Chumley's in-game attack came during Loganville (Ga.) Christian Academy's 33-0 pasting of Chumley's Woodstock (Ga.) Northside Christian Academy team. On a play in the middle of the second quarter, Chumley -- who was playing on Northside's offensive line -- ripped the helmet off LCA offensive lineman Jarrett Briscoe, then proceeded to beat the lineman with his own protective headgear.
Unsurprisingly, Briscoe was deeply disturbed by the seemingly unforeseen attack.
"He's still shaken up that anyone would be so severe on the field," Briscoe's mother posted on LCA's Facebook page, which also noted that her son was afflicted with headaches and nausea after he was attacked. "He's never seen, much less experienced, anything like it."
The game was immediately forfeited in LCA's favor after the attack, though Chumley was not immediately taken into custody. He later turned himself in to the Walton County Sheriff's Office, where he was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery. He was released after posting a $2,500 bond.
"He probably could've been charged with aggravated assault," Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman told the Journal-Constitution. "The [victim's] mother really didn't want that to happen."
The question now is whether a judge will view Chumley's alleged assault as leniently as his victim's mother. Either way, it's clear that the unsuspecting teen of a tiny private Christian academy will stand as a poster child for when on-field aggression goes far over the line.
- Northside Christian Academy