Did a coach order a hit on a referee?
According to the two young men involved with the ugly action, they were working under the directive of their assistant coach. The coach allegedly ordered the hit.
In one of the darker moments to happen this year, a football referee was on the receiving end of two brutal hits by two teenagers who played for John Jay High School. When explaining the reason for the vicious moment, the team officials cited that the ref was making racial remarks. The two young men were immediately suspended from the team and school. Pending an investigation, they may be facing criminal charges as well.
When you watch the hit laid on the referee, there is no doubt that there were some cruel intentions behind. Everyone questioned why the two young men would orchestrate this. What led up to the moment where one player targeted the referee’s back, while the other player targeted the legs? The ref never saw the two hits coming; he never had a chance to defend himself by stepping out of the way.
Who would condone such behavior? One would like to believe that no one would, but if the reports are true, it is a shocking twist on a despicable act.
Did an assistant coach order the hit on the high school referee?
The two Texas high school football players who hit the referee a couple of weeks ago said that they were acting on the orders of an assistant coach, suggest reports.
According to CBS Sports, both student athletes made the startling claim about how one of the assistant coaches of the San Antonio-area team they played for ordered the hit.
“While on the sideline, [the coach] pulled me and another player over, he told us, and I quote, ‘You need to hit him. You need to hit the ref. He needs to pay the price.'”
That was the chilling revelation made by Michael Moreno, one of the players involved in the act.
Moreno and Victor Rojas told their side to Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos in a GMA exclusive interview. They told Stephanopoulos that Mack Breed, a John Jay High School assistant coach, ordered the vicious hit on the referee. Breed has since been placed on paid leave.
Michael Moreno claims that the assistant coach pulled him and another player to the side and ordered the hit. The justification for it was that there were some missed calls on the field, and racial slurs were allegedly shouted out by the ref. It is a moment that will change the lives of Moreno and Rojas forever.
They both maintain that they are good kids who were following the coach’s orders regarding the hit.
“Everyone sees me as this thug or this gangster, I did this because I’m this bad guy. That’s not who I am. Underneath the helmet and the pads, I’m a great kid,” said Michael Moreno on Good Morning America.
Both players have retained an attorney. They are hoping to be reinstated in school. If their claim is true about the assistant coach ordering the hit, that may come to fruition.
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