Asst. coach involved with referee hit resigns, temporarily banned from coaching
UPDATE: The San Antonio High School football coach, who officials say told two of his players to hit a referee during a game earlier this month, is out of the program.
Assistant John Jay football coach Mack Breed was supposed to appear in Round Rock for a hearing with the University Interscholastic League Thursday morning, but he did not show up.
The blindsided takedown video of referee Robert Watts has caused outrage across Texas, and the country. At another hearing with the University Interscholastic League Thursday, John Jay High School Head Coach Gary Gutierrez assured this was not an accurate representation of his football program.
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“We're going to own the fact that that what happened, we don't condone,” said Gutierrez.
Jay High School Assistant Coach Mack Breed was supposed to appear Thursday morning at a hearing with the UIL in Round Rock, but did not show up. Officials say not hearing from breed or the two students who made the accusations, forces another hearing to be set for next month.
“We would have liked to have had the students here, and all people here, the coach, and the official,” said Mike Motheral, Chairman, University Interscholastic League.
Each party presented their sides of the story, including the Texas Association of Sports Officials, the Marble Falls High School administration, and Jay Downs, attorney for referee Robert Watts. Downs says his client denies saying any kinds of racial slurs.
“He doesn't like these things being said he wishes it would stop and wishes it had never been said in the first place,” said Downs.
Coach Gutierrez continues to back up his two players, Michael Moreno and Victor Rojas.
“I have every reason to believe them,” said Gutierrez.
Officials hoped to settle the case Thursday, but will have to hear more testimony. Until then, they have banned Mack Breed from coaching anywhere else operated under the U.I.L.
“Our community is in a healing process right now. It's not indicative of our school, it’s not indicative of our football program, not indicative of our community,” said Robert Harris, Principal of John Jay High School.
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