Two players from San Antonio John Jay HS have been suspended after they blindsided and speared an official in a game at Marble Falls on Friday. Two players from Jay had been ejected from the game prior to the play and there were some controversial calls, but no one can ever recall seeing such a blatant and cowardly attack on an official at any level. It is possible that the players were egged on by comments from a Jay assistant coach. CNN has the video. It’s bad when your high school team is making the national news for this kind of thuggery.
Reaction has been swift and severe.
“The first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again,” Austin Football Officials Association secretary Wayne Elliott said.
“These types of actions against any game official at any level are inexcusable,” said a statement by NFL Referees Association executive director Jim Quirk. “We fully support the suspensions of the players involved, along with a full and complete investigation by the Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL).”
The referee involved wanted to press charges and it is very possible that the two players may face criminal charges.