Robin Johnson gets 6 years for sucker punching kid's ref

Robin Johnson must have made his son proud.

Robin Johnson must have made his son proud.

Note to all you violently enthusiastic sideline parents whose kids lose their games: Ease up and keep your hands in your pockets, or you'll end up like Robin Johnson.

He's the 49 year-old Minneapolis man who blew up during his sixth-grade son's basketball game last February in Burnsville, and sucker punched a game official.


Johnson found out yesterday he's going to prison for six years.

The confrontation started when Burnsville Boys' Basketball Commissioner Jeff Shand ordered Johnson to clam up during free throws.

After his son's team lost, Johnson got in Shand's face. Worried, Shand tried to call 911 on his cell phone. But Johnson knocked the phone away and slugged Shand in the jaw so hard he broke two molars. He was tackled and held by bystanders until the police arrived.

Johnson pleaded guilty in June to first-degree assault, third-degree assault, interfering with a 911 call and disorderly conduct.

Maybe he's pleaded for forgiveness from his son, too.