Texas High School Athletes Who Tackled Referee May Face Assault Charges

| by Nathaly Pesantez

The two football players from the John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas, who apparently tackled a referee during a Sept. 4 game could face criminal charges. 

The Marble Falls Police Department announced it has opened an investigation into the incident, and is primarily using multiple videos from the event to arrive at an answer by the end of this week. 

The two players could face assault charges ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony, criminal defense attorney and former police officer James Reeves told KENS-5. 

"In this case, the helmet could arguably be considered a weapon. Especially in the second player who struck the official," he said. "I can't get past why in this case. Why this official? Why these two kids?"

Video of the incident appears to show a football player coming at the referee from behind while he observed the game. Then, a second player is seen lunging at the referee while he was on the ground. 

Northside Independent School District Athletic Director Stan Laing suspended the two players, calling their actions "disturbing" and "inexcusable". 

"It is not the good sportsmanship behavior that we teach students," school district spokesman Pascual Gonzales said. 

The referee was upset and was seeking to press charges, Austin Football Officials Association Secretary Wayne Elliot said. 

"The first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again," Elliot said, according to ESPN. 

Marble Falls Police have not made any arrests in the case. The department plans to release an update later in the week. 

Sources: KENS-5, ESPN / Photo credit: Screenshot via YouTube