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On September 4th, two high school football players, Victor Rojas and Michael Moreno blindsided referee Robert Watts during the 4th quarter of a game in Marble Falls, Texas. The two players were both suspended.

It was later found out however, that the assistant coach, Mack Breed, directed his players to tackle the referee to the ground.

[The video of this incident has gone viral]
But why did the assistant coach order his players to attack the ref?

According to a source, Robert Watts, the referee that was tackled, said the n-word couple of times and even approached a Hispanic player and said, "Speak English. This is America.”

Thus, outraged by the racial comments made by the referee, Breed, the assistant coach, admitted he, "directed the students to make the referee pay for his racial comments and calls."
Rojas and Moreno have both been suspended by the school and publicly apologized for their actions. On Wednesday, Rojas and Moreno both attended disciplinary hearings. They were released however because they were minors and are protected by the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The controversy continues however because...

assistant coach, Mack Breed is black. Watts is white. Moreno and Rojas are both Latino.

Watts and his attorney denied he used racial remarks of any kind. But if it is proven true that Watts used the n-word and called out the Hispanic players, then he will face serious consequences.
@BEAUTYgirlARIEL Yes for sure. But I also don't blame the coach and the players getting fired up during the match and tackling the ref. They shouldn't have done it, but he certainly deserved it.
Truly sad, I can't believe a ref would do something like this when kids are competing..
@mchlyang @BEAUTYgirlARIEL agreed. While they could have reported him and dealt with this without a physical altercation, I think their response was more than rational. And the unfortunate reality is that this might not have gone viral if they didn't. I doubt that was their intention, but it sounds like this is getting the investigation it deserves
I saw this on the news and I was taken back. I understand the reason behind it all, but it could have been handled differently. As for the referee, those words felt like the way he was hit. It doesn't feel good.
What a mess... What a jerk.
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