Fans of the Southeast High girls' basetball should feel exonerated.
Turns out that "fan" who was ejected from the Southeast at St. Petersburg Lakewood game in the girls basketball region semifinal is not associated with Southeast in any way, shape or form.
The person was former Bayshore High boys basketball standout Aaron Cooper, according to Bayshore High athletic director Chris Brady.
Brady should know because he coached Cooper, who is the sixth leading career scorer at Bayshore and played his final season in 1999.
The identification is improtant because some Lakewood fans aided by a local reporter at the game tried to use the ejection to argue how the Southeast fans were unruly.
Cooper has no affiliation whatsover with Southeast. Maybe he has a vendetta against officials as do a lot of former basketball players. He could also be angry that he finished his career with 999 points___now that would make any player mad missing the charmed 1,000 point barrier because perhaps an official missed a foul on the man guarding him.
What a lot of people and some in the media might not know is that refs in Florida only eject fans from being unruly to officials doing the game. They don't get involved with fans who are rude to other fans. The latter falls under the jurisdiction of the home school officials.