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Bethlehem Mayor Ejected from Wrestling Tournament

Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan was ejected from the District 11 wrestling tournament Saturday, according to a report on lehighvalleylive.com.

Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan was ejected from the District 11 Class AAA wrestling tournament Saturday after a disputed call against a Freedom High School wrestler, according to a report on lehighvalleylive.com.

He was asked to leave by a referee, the report said. “I voiced my displeasure I think in a very respectful way,” he is quoted as saying. “I think the referee was a little oversensitive."

Callahan is a candidate for Northampton County executive. His son is a Freedom High School wrestler, the report said.

It wouldn't be the first time a fan -- or an elected official -- got ejected from a sporting event.

* Former Portland, Ore., mayoral candidate and state representative Jefferson Smith was ejected from a basketball game and soccer match in 2011 after altercations with opponents, according to a report in the Williamette Weekly.

* A Modesto, Calif., city councilwoman was ejected from her daughter's soccer game in 2004 for allegedly using foul language while questioning a referee's decisions, according to a report in SoccerAmericaDaily.

Candace Weiss February 25, 2013 at 08:50 PM
If you're not from the area and were not at the tournament, why are you commenting on this story?
debbie February 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM
I asked nicely for everyone to stop. Its not about it being anyones page. I don't have to teach him anything hes an adult...I suggest you stop and get into the kitchen to take care of your family u must have better things to do than argue with me.
Nazaretti February 26, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Congratulations to Callahan for manning up and apologizing: In an email, Callahan said he should have handled "the incident better no matter how I felt about the calls made during the match" and said he respects that the referee, Dennis Buchman, has "the right to call the match the way he sees it." As I said before, during a match the ref's word is law.
Anonymous February 27, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I am thinking that when you are the mayor, you should realize that you need to be WAY under the radar. THere are lots of other fans who can let the ref know. I realize that it is human nature to react....but when you are a public figure you need to always be "on" in public and realize that you are the example of great citizen and should treat others the way you want them to treat YOU, when you do MANY MANY things that others do not like and find wrong. Lack of self control in public, makes one wonder to what extent there is much self control in private.
Staberdearth February 27, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Excellent point...

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