Texas HS Football Coach Admits Ordering Players To Hit Referee
September 23 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
So this doesn't look good on a resume. An assistant coach at John Jay High School in San Antonio has admitted directing two of his players to blindside a referee, according to the principal of the school. Principal Robert Harris said in a signed statement that the team's defensive secondary coach, Mack Breed, admitted he "directed the students to make the referee pay for his racial comments and calls."
Also, said Harris, via ESPN's Outside the Lines:
"Mr. Breed at one point during our conversation stated that he should have handled the referee himself.”
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It happened during a Sept. 4 game vs. Marble Falls High, when 15-year-old John Jay sophomore Victor Rojas and 17-year-old senior Michael Moreno each hit referee Robert Watts from behind. It was all caught on video (see below), which makes you wonder, didn't the people involved realize that these games are filmed? And that there's YouTube?
The two players were dismissed from the team and suspended from school. They face a disciplinary hearing today. They previously appeared on Good Morning America, where they first told of the coach instructing them to hit the ref.
According to a sideline source and the accounts provided to Outside the Lines of four John Jay players, Watts used the N-word twice during the game, once before and once after the infamous hits, and also used language offensive to Hispanics.
“I later met with Coach Breed at John Jay High School … in my office in the presence of Coach Gutierrez,” Harris wrote. “Coach Breed told me that he directed the students to make the referee pay for his racial comments and calls. He wanted to take full responsibility for his actions. Mr. Breed at one point during our conversation stated that he should have handled the referee himself.”
Watts’ attorney, Alan Goldberger, said his client has denied acting in a racist manner in any way.
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