Video from a Texas high school football game shows two players possibly intentionally hitting a referee during gameplay.
“One thing that’s clear for a sports program to survive at any level, it has to be… crystal clear to everybody concerned that assaulting a game official is a heinous crime”, said attorney Alan Goldberger.
“This event is shameful to us”, said Brian Woods, superintendent of the Northside Independent School District.
Pascual Gonzalez, a spokesman for the Northside Independent School District, said the players were frustrated by what they thought were wrong calls.
“According to district leaders, Breed apparently made a statement during the game to the players, saying, “… that guy (referee) needs to pay for cheating us”. As a result, the players could face criminal charges of assault.
Interactions between coaches, students and officials should always be respectful and an official’s safety should never be compromised during a competition.
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) says it will not suspend San Antonio’s John Jay High School from playing in future football games this season.
The Two football players will not return to John Jay High School today.
“They [officers] did have the opportunity to visit with and interview the referee in question and at that time, got some basic information”, Whitacre said. One of them tackled him away from the play and the other threw himself at him when he was down on the ground.
Michael Fitch, executive director of TASO, said he has asked the officials who were on the field that night to provide reports about any player or coach interactions they may have had during the game. He added, “Northside ISD will not tolerate this kind of behavior”.
It was also pointed out at the hearing that umpire Robert Watts was filling in for another official in the game between Jay and Marble Falls.
NFL Referees Association executive director Jim Quirk released a statement on Monday, regarding the player’s attack. “We fully support the suspensions of the players involved, along with a full and complete investigation by the Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL)”.