Have you seen this video? Two Texas high school football players were caught on video intentionally taking out a referee near the end of a game last weekend.
At first, fans of the team were trying to say it was an accident (before the video came out) and once it was clear that they did it intentionally, generic the players reportedly claim the ref had used a racial slur before they took action. Now? According to ESPN, an assistant coach is being investigated for possibly encouraging the boys to take action against the referee who made “questionable calls” during the game.
The governing body for Texas high school sports questioned Wednesday whether the coaches of two football players accused of intentionally ramming a referee should have done more to calm emotions in a tense game.
The University Interscholastic League’s executive committee heard from local officials on their investigation into the incident involving John Jay High School in San Antonio. The organization is investigating several allegations, including that the hit was prompted by something an assistant coach said and was preceded by racial slurs from the targeted umpire.
The incident was caught on video and sparked national attention and reaction. Marble Falls beat John Jay in Friday’s game 15-9.
Two John Jay High School players — identified as sophomore Victor Rojas and senior Mike Moreno by the San Antonio Express-News — and assistant coach Mack Breed have been suspended by the Northside Independent School District pending the investigation.
“This has been an embarrassment for the school, the UIL and the state of Texas,” committee member James Colbert of Houston said.
Dallas committee member Gil Garza, who used to work in San Antonio schools, noted reported tensions in the game between John Jay and Marble Falls high schools, including punches thrown, late hits and ejections before the John Jay players rammed umpire Robert Watts.