Guilty plea of ​​a man ejected after a physical act during a preseason basketball game

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A basketball fan who became furious with refereeing and was kicked out of a men’s high school game in northwest Minnesota has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

Phillip S. Lokken, 46, of Detroit Lakes, admitted misdemeanor Tuesday in Becker County District Court in connection with the Jan. 13 incident during a game between host Lake Park Audubon High School and Win-E-Mac High School.

Judge Barbara Hanson dismissed a count of misdemeanor assault as part of her sentence. She also overturned a 90-day jail sentence and put Lokken on unsupervised probation for a year. He was also ordered to pay $450 in fines and costs.

Shortly after the incident, Lokken told the Star Tribune he made “a bad decision”.

Minnesota court records show Lokken has previous convictions for disorderly conduct and one for fifth-degree assault.

According to the criminal complaint:

Lokken threw a bag of popcorn at the referee late in the game at Lake Park School, after a foul was called on one of the Win-E-Mac players. Lokken then combined a profane gesture towards the official with similar language.

Video coverage of the match showed Lokken being ejected from the gym. Lokken came down from the stands, grabbed the referee’s whistle and ripped it from its lanyard. He also tore the referee’s jersey.

The official recalled Lokken getting angry at a call he made earlier in the game, which Win-E-Mac lost 64-54.

Lokken told the sheriff’s deputy that he was fed up with the bad calls the referee was making throughout the game.

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