A Texas school district is investigating after video showing a series of vicious – and apparently intentional – hits on a referee by two high school players during a game on Friday went viral.
Northside Independent School District is looking into a play in which two John Jay High School defensive players hit a ref with about a minute left during a 15-9 loss to Marble Falls.
“The bottom line is, Northside will not tolerate this type of behavior,” NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzalez told KENS5 on Sunday. “It does appear the athletes intentionally tackled the referee, but we have not confirmed it.”
Before the start of the play, the two players are positioned several yards behind the referee, who has his back turned to the players and is focused on the play. Once the play begins, one of the players, wearing No. 12, runs at full speed into the back of the ref, tackling him to the ground. As that player gets off the referee, the other player runs in and jumps on top.