Players In Texas HS Football Attack Allege Ref Used Racial Slurs, Coach Told Them To Do It
Two San Antonio high school football players who blindsided and slammed a ref to the ground during a game are now alleging that the ref used racial slurs, and that an assistant coach suggested retaliation for "cheating us." The two players, from John Jay High School, have been suspended, and league and district officials are investigating the incident, which could result in criminal charges.
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) September 9, 2015
New developments so far:
* The two players involved have alleged that the ref made racial slurs toward then during the game (via ESPN).
* ESPN also reports that Mack Breed, a 29-year-old assistant coach at John Jay, was placed on administrative leave for allegedly telling the players that the referee "needs to pay for cheating us," the school district said in a statement Tuesday.
* Robert Watts, a 14-year veteran referee, told TexasHSFootball.com: “Libel and slander have already been committed against me. I will be contacting the appropriate people soon and any statement from me will come at a later date.”
* Attorney and former police officer James Reeves told KENS-5 that the two players could face criminal assault charges. “In this case, the helmet could arguably be considered a weapon. Especially in the second player who struck the official,” Reeves said.
The two defensive backs from John Jay -- identified as sophomore Victor Rojas and senior Mike Moreno by the San Antonio Express-News -- were suspended after one hit Watts from behind and the other subsequently speared him with his helmet.
The NFL is even getting involved in this, because it doesn't have enough controversy of its own. Associated Press:
The NFL Referees Association condemned the players' actions in a statement released Monday.
"These types of actions against any game official at any level are inexcusable," association executive director Jim Quirk said. "We fully support the suspensions of the players involved, along with a full and complete investigation by the Texas University Interscholastic League."
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