Illinois 7-footer Kofi Cockburn accidentally drops official during celebration
A B1G basketball official may be more aware of his surroundings the next time he’s on the basketball court. Illinois seven-foot center Kofi Cockburn is the reason behind it.
Wednesday night, Illinois was hosting No. 5 Michigan in an early-season B1G matchup in a game that was close most of the way. Late in the second half, Cockburn grabbed an offensive rebound, scored a bucket and was able to draw a foul to set up a potential three-point play. Cockburn swung his arm in celebration, but an official was on the wrong end of it.
The official dropped to the floor and then left the game for a few minutes to recover. Below is the clip of the official taking the fist to the face:
Kofi Cockburn with the and 1 and he absolutely destroys the ref after (accidentally)
MUST WATCH pic.twitter.com/D3KxkLBzTX
— Drive The Lane (@DriveTheLanePod) December 12, 2019
Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn just smoked a ref in the face (totally unintentional) while celebrating an and-one. Being a ref is a tough business: pic.twitter.com/ybOyHCv7SY
— Adam Spencer (@AdamSpencer4) December 12, 2019
Hopefully the official is doing well after that hit. From a seven-footer, he’s probably still feeling it in the morning.
Illinois did go on to pull off the upset at home, defeating Michigan 71-62. Both the Fighting Illini and the Wolverines are now 1-1 in B1G play.