Rivalries create tension that manifests in strange ways. In the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry, it started a fight at a dialysis clinic. In the Arizona-Arizona State rivalry, a cheerleader was forced to leave the arena.
On the road in Tempe, when ASU guard Remy Martin went to the free throw line, an official stopped the game to remove an Arizona cheerleader from the baseline.
Arizona cheerleader gets ejected for heckling ref ? pic.twitter.com/g4Q0I2tDhO
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) February 16, 2018
What could he have possibly done to deserve an ejection?
“He was yelling, using the (megaphone) to call out people by name, which is not acceptable. And he was asked to please stop, and he chose not to,” the official said after the game.
The ejected cheerleader yelled into the megaphone, “Not today, Remy,” when Martin took the line. It turns out, it’s actually against the rules to do that. Cheerleaders are explicitly prohibited from calling out players by name.
I support this cheerleader’s move 100 percent. It might not be seen as the classiest move, but if a Kentucky cheerleader did the same thing to get a win vs. Alabama, whatever it takes. After all, it worked for Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Sun Devils 77-70.