On October 2nd, 2020, a Buffalo Township doctor attacked a hockey referee during a recreational game in New Kensington. This incident has led to the doctor agreeing to two years of probation as well as the requirement to attend anger management counseling sessions.
On October 2nd, New Kensington police charged Dr. Jeremy Gregory Gilbert, 43, with assaulting a sports official, which is a first-degree misdemeanor offense. The incident occurred when the referee, Mario de Leon, was officiating an adult league ice hockey game that Gilbert was playing in.
During the game, Gilbert and another player collided towards the end of the second period. According to referee de Leon, Gilbert grabbed the other player’s hockey stick and held onto it as he fell onto the ice, resulting in de Leon assessing a penalty for the holding.
Video of the incident shows Gilbert approach referee de Leon and bump into him before pushing him onto the ice and punching him.
At a preliminary hearing before District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr., Gilbert accepted Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD), which was offered by Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney Katie Ranker because Gilbert was a first time offender.
“Sports by nature involve emotion and passion and sometimes it’s easy to cross that line, and I think that’s what happened in this incident,” said criminal attorney Christopher Thomas, Gilbert’s attorney. “In my estimation, the question became, ‘what would be the appropriate consequences and how can we take responsibility?’ I think that question was answered.”
Gilbert was represented by Pittsburgh assault attorney Christopher Thomas of SMT Legal, a firm with a reputation for success in defending clients in situations similar to Gilbert’s. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 1-888-976-2529.