Law & Courts

Texas H.S. Football Players May Face Charges After Tackling Referee

By Bryan Toporek — September 08, 2015 1 min read

Two football players from John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas, could be facing criminal charges after appearing to intentionally tackle a referee during a game on Friday night.

The play occurred with time winding down in the fourth quarter and Marble Falls High School attempting to run out the clock. As Marble Falls snapped the ball and handed it off to a running back, the two John Jay players converged on the referee, with one delivering a blindside hit to his back and the other lunging in to tackle him after he was already on the ground.

The video of the play doesn’t seem to leave the players with much benefit of the doubt:

The Northside Independent school district promptly suspended the two players from the school and the team, and the Marble Falls police department is investigating the incident, according to the Associated Press. Stan Laing, the district’s athletic director, told the AP that the students were “suspended indefinitely pending the outcome of an investigation and due process hearing.”

Just what caused the two players to launch themselves into the official isn’t yet clear. Citing a district official, the

A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.