Seton Hall Guard Jevon Thomas Allegedly Choked Referee During Intramural Game

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2016

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 02:  Cheerleaders for the Seton Hall Pirates perform with a giant school flag during a time out against the Auburn Tigers at Prudential Center on December 2, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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Seton Hall guard Jevon Thomas reportedly became involved in an altercation during an intramural basketball game Thursday night and is alleged to have choked the referee.  

David Heim, Olivia Mulvihill and Gary Phillips of the Setonian reported Thursday that Thomas was upset with a call made by Kevin Matthews, a graduate assistant working as the game official, and the incident ensued. The outlet included an eyewitness account of the chaos from student Alex Washington:

All I saw was the two of them arguing when our opponents were supposed to be taking a free throw. They continued to argue and then Kevin kind of told him (Thomas) to leave but he wouldn't. And Kevin didn't push him but like put his hands on (Thomas') chest to move him back. And J.T. (Thomas) shoved him (Matthews). That's when everyone came and separated them. I thought everything was going to be fine then. But a few moments later the dude J.T. was choking him with two hands from behind the backboard too close to the glass by the weight room.

Seton Hall University released a statement, but it didn't discuss the specific incident in question, according to the Setonian report.

"The University does not comment on individual student situations," the school said. "However, any allegation of student misconduct is immediately referred to the Dean of Students Office for investigation and adjudication."

The Setonian noted the South Orange Police Department and paramedics were called to the Richie Regan Recreation Center. Matthews reportedly had red marks on his neck, but he did not suffer any serious injuries.

Thomas, who spent the previous two seasons at Kansas State, is currently sitting out the Pirates' 2015-16 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules. He'd have two years of eligibility left starting next season.

The 22-year-old guard averaged 4.5 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds while playing a shade under 26 minutes per game for the Wildcats last season. Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber told Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle in May 2015 that the Queens, New York, native transferred to be closer to home.

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No further information was released about what type of punishment Thomas could potentially receive as a result of the situation.