The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported today on an incident that occurred toward the end of Hawaii’s Mountain West Conference West Division-title clinching victory over San Diego State.
A veteran Honolulu Star-Advertiser photographer, Jamm Aquino, alleges that he was assaulted by head coach Nick Rolovich and another UH athletics employee on the field in the final seconds of the game. After a missed field goal by the Aztecs, Aquino and other photographers ran onto the field along with the UH coaching staff and celebrating players.
Unlike past on-field celebrations documented by photographers in the waning seconds, the game did not end, and in the commotion to get back to the sidelines, the alleged incident occurred. UH went on to win 14-11.
According to Aquino in the Star-Advertiser story, Rolovich charged Aquino, swearing at him, and made contact. Another UH employee then shoved Aquino to the ground, he said, leaving him with a concussion, a bloody nose and split lower lip as he fell on his camera, and a sore shoulder. A camera lens also was damaged.
Star-Advertiser editor Frank Bridgewater and UH issued statements on the matter at the above link.
The story has since been picked up nationally.
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