Fundraiser for Paducah referee allegedly sucker-punched by coach


PADUCAH, Ky. (WTVQ) — Referees in Kentucky’s 1st and 2nd Regions are raising money for a youth basketball referee that sheriff’s deputies say was sucker punched by a coach during a game.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, 40-year-old Keyon Menifield was having a disagreement with a referee during a basketball game in Paducah.

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They say the referee was turning away when Menifield sucker punched him.

A fundraiser has now been organized by referees from the 1st and 2nd Regions.

They say that referee, Kenny Culp, has a broken collar bone, a cracked sinus cavity, and a concussion with brain bleeding.

They say he is in stable condition at Vanderbilt Hospital.

The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $10,000.