Texas high school may be punished after players blindside football referee

Wed Sep 9, 2015 5:22pm EDT
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By Jon Herskovitz

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas group that oversees sporting events in schools held an emergency meeting on Wednesday to consider punishing a San Antonio high school football team after two players were seen in a viral video blindsiding an official during a game.

University Interscholastic League officials said players and coaches from John Jay High School conducted a series of unsportsmanlike actions in its game against Marble Hall High School last Friday that included the hit on the referee.

Executive Director Charles Breithaupt said the Northside Independent School District, which oversees John Jay, has to prove that its players and coaches can be trusted. He added he is not sure what provoked the event, but the actions on the field cannot be tolerated.

"You need to answer that at some point, to justify Jay's continued participation as this committee chooses to allow it to. It may not," Breithaupt said, San Antonio broadcaster KSAT reported.

No decision was reached at the meeting.

"There was punches thrown through the game," said board member Gil Garza, also the athletic director for the Dallas Independent School District, adding coaches should have done more to defuse a tense situation.

In a video seen nearly 10 million times on YouTube as of Wednesday, the two defensive players are shown lining up behind the official, with one running into him from behind and the other plowing into him when he was down.

The two players have been suspended from the school and were ejected from the game at Marble Hall, which John Jay lost 15-9.   Continued...