A high school baseball umpire in New Mexico is in hot water after allegedly asking Latino players to stop speaking Spanish during a game. Baseball coaches from Gadsden High School plan to file a formal complaint against Corey Jones with the New Mexico Activities Association.
After asking a player to stop speaking Spanish, Jones supposedly told coaches that “anyone who speaks Spanish – coaches or players – will be ejected.” Jones told assistant coach Emmanuel Burciaga that he made the comments to help promote sportsmanship. The umpire said that he couldn’t tell if the players were insulting their opponents.
Following a tense exchange between the two men, Burciaga said he told Jones, “Our players will not stop speaking Spanish, and they will not be ejected.”
The high school is part of a school district that currently serves 97 percent Hispanic students whose primary language is Spanish, NBC Latino reported.
Burciaga said that doesn’t want to be Jones fired, but that he does want the umpire to become educated in order to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future.
“Things like this shouldn’t happen on the baseball field,” the assistant coach told the Journal. “If we don’t say anything, it’s bound to happen again, and that’s what we want to prevent.”