Kamloops RCMP have recommended a Kelowna teenager be charged with assault following an alleged head-stomping incident during a minor lacrosse game earlier this year.
On June 26, the Kamloops Rattlers were taking on the Kelowna Kodiaks in a midget B lacrosse game at Memorial Arena in Kamloops.
It’s alleged that late in the game, a 15-year-old Kelowna player dealt a cross-check to the neck of a 15-year-old Kamloops player.
“The Kamloops player fell to the floor and the Kelowna player allegedly stood over the Kamloops player for several seconds then stomped on his head,” said Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned.
The Kelowna player was ejected from the game and suspended from the league, while the Kamloops player was treated for what was initially believed to be a possible broken neck.
Doctors later concluded the Kamloops player, identified as Blake Rose, did not suffer any broken bones.
Criminal charges stemming from altercations during youth sporting events are rare, but not unheard of.
In 2008, a 17-year-old Merritt secondary school rugby player was charged with assault after throwing a punch at an opposing player during a game in Kamloops against Sa-Hali secondary.
The Merritt teen was eventually found not guilty after the judge ruled the punch was not beyond a set of “unwritten rules” governing rugby play.
In such cases, Learned said investigators look at whether the incident was “outside the norm for what is expected in that sport.”
The charge recommendation against the Kelowna teen is now in the hands of Crown counsel.