Even though officials in just about every sport from cricket to American football to professional European kickball (aka: soccer) are technically considered a part of the field, it’s just not all that out of the ordinary that a referee every now and then may get a bit jostled about by players.
Yet even the most novice of sports fans agree that a duo of Texas football players purposefully blindsided a backfield ref.
As reported by Karen Workman of The News York Times on Sept. 9, 2015, and also by Tom Cleary of the new media portal Heavy.com on Sept. 8, 2015, referee Robert Watts has been identified as the on field official who was violently blindsided not once, but twice during the closing minutes of last weekend’s contest between John Jay High School of San Antonio and Marble Falls High School. Now word is bubbling to the surface two very conflicting reasons why Watts is still undergoing medical care for the savage cheap shots meted out to him.
As seen on the video, Watts has initially hit from behind by John Jay sophomore Victor Rojas. Taking the body slam to the left shoulder and shoulder blade, Watts was immediately flattened to the ground. It was then that another John Jay player, Michael Moreno, spears him helmet first to the lower right rib cage.
But as reported, Pascual Gonzalez, a spokesman for the Northside Independent School District, stated during a Tuesday news conference that the two John Jay players are accusing Watts of making “racial slurs directed at them.” Those that agree with the accusations against the 14-year veteran referee have taken to social media echoing the same, yet offering up little in the way of proof…
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