Proving that you don't have to be older or bigger than someone to bully them, two San Antonio-Jay High School football players could be facing criminal charges for a gutless, grotesque display of cowardice Friday night when they attacked a referee on the field during a game against Marble Falls in Marble Falls. The video has been seen on every national outlet and is unlike anything that we've seen on a high school football field, certainly in the Viral Video Era (which I count as since 2005 or so).
For those who haven't seen it, here you go:
It's about as depressing an on-field sports video as you'll watch, two kids clearly calculating to hurt an unsuspecting authority figure. Not just hurt him, I mean they drilled him. A possible disk rupturing blindside hit, followed by a possible kidney lacerating spear. It's like a WWE finisher, only these two specimens performed it on the referee. (Actually bad analogy, in WWE, they actually do perform stuff like this on referees. It'd be like them doing it to an announcer. Wait…. actually, scratch all WWE analogies on this one.)
At the time this act went down, the score was 15-9 with Marble Falls leading at home, and the game was in the waning moments. Both players were immediately ejected from the game, and for now, both players, whose names along with the referee's have not been released to the public, have been suspended from the football team and from school, pending an investigation by the Northside Independent School District.
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The big question now is whether or not the players will face criminal charges. The referee was reportedly "very upset" and "wanting to press charges," Austin Football Officials Association secretary Wayne Elliott said. "The first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again," said Elliott, who added that he was seeking guidance from the state officials association.
District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez told The Associated Press on Sunday that it would talk to game officials, coaches and students during an upcoming hearing. The University Interscholastic League, the state's school sports governing body, will also be involved in the process. The investigation should uncover just how complicit, if at all, Jay coaches were in the players' plans to inflict harm on this referee. Obviously, if they knew or encouraged it, then those coaches would have to be looking at permanent bans from coaching and criminal charges themselves.
After the game, Jay coach Gary Gutierrez apologized to Marble Falls coach Matt Green. "I've coached 14 years, and I've never seen anything like it,'' Green said.
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