NFL Referees Association condemns attack on high school official

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The NFL Referees Association has no jurisdiction over high school football. But the recent attack on a high school official was sufficiently stunning to get the group’s attention.

“These types of actions against any game official at any level are inexcusable,” NFLRA Executive Director Jim Quirk said in a press release. “We fully support the suspensions of the players involved, along with a full and complete investigation by the Texas University Interscholastic League. . . .

“I’ve never seen anything like this in all my years of officiating at the high school, collegiate or professional level.”

Charges could be filed against the two players who blindsided the official during garbage time of a Friday night game. The bigger question remains whether either player acted with the knowledge or at the direction of any coaches.

39 responses to “NFL Referees Association condemns attack on high school official

  1. Bush league move would be an honorable description. These clowns need to be tried for this cowardly assault

  2. I heard that the ref was calling the players the n word all game long, players on both teams. Seriously, this is what I read at a different site. While that might not be an excuse, it certainly is a reason. As usual, we should see how this plays out before we rush to judgment.

  3. They disagree if it his calls were malicious and one sided? Refs bet on games all the time but for some reason they cannot be punished.

    Lets figure out whether the refs calls were correct and whether he was operating on the up and up before condemning the players actions.

  4. clashpoint says:
    Sep 7, 2015 11:05 PM
    I heard that the ref was calling the players the n word all game long, players on both teams. Seriously, this is what I read at a different site. While that might not be an excuse, it certainly is a reason. As usual, we should see how this plays out before we rush to judgment.

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    Seriously, what “Site” was that Tough Guy????

  5. Wow, I don’t care what he called them, what calls he made, or if he was deliberately making bad calls. That was an assault with intent to inflict grave harm, period. NO JUSTIFICATION CAN BE MADE FOR THIS. They should be jailed as well as banned from any organized sports for life.

  6. People that are mentally unstable do unpredictable acts no matter what age… It is obvious These two players planned this out, premeditated, so it was not out of blind anger or in the heat of the moment…. Punish them to the max…

  7. You all do realize you are talking about kids right? I too think they should be prosecuted and kicked out of school, not to mention the team….

    However, there is no way they did this with out a coach ordering it or at least brining it up. Also, not rushing to believe the ref might have been using derogatory words…if so, the coaches and other players would have already spoke up.

    Sound to me like some defenders of the offending kids and coach where thinking of anything that might make their actions understandable…which obviously, it wouldn’t have been either way. So, when do the coaches start answering questions.

  8. glenne81 says:
    Sep 7, 2015 11:14 PM

    Seriously, what “Site” was that Tough Guy???
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    Oh shush, never said I condoned it. Has no one learned anything about these kinds of stories yet though? All we’ve heard is one side to the story and I’m saying wait for the whole story before you rush to judgment. Easily half the time early judgements end up being wrong and stupid.

    I don’t think I can post other sites here, can I? Dead spin, same place that cracked the fake gf story of the chargers linebacker.

  9. Sickening. These “kids” should be in jail right now, as well as the coach. This is assault with a deadly weapon.

  10. If 2 players were already ejected, and then this happened, I’d be demanding a new coaching staff, or ending the football program all together. In my 4 years of high school football, we never had a single player ejected. 4 in 1 game? At best, that coach has no control over those animals. At worst, he coached them to do it. Either way his resume needs to be updated to read “Former High School Football Coach”.

  11. Let’s do a hypothetical – IF the ref (an adult in a position of power over kids) was indeed calling players the N word what should we all be saying?

  12. Apparently after this play, the officials ejected the two players believed to have committed the act, but ejected one of the wrong kids. The other player was left in the game, and committed a personal foul on the next play when he struck the QB after he took a knee.

  13. I watched it a few times and think the coach must have known about it. The way the kid acted after the first hit was way too casual. The second one looked like a normal play by Ray Lewis or Troy Polamalu.

  14. I heard that the ref was calling the players the n word all game long, players on both teams. Seriously, this is what I read at a different site. While that might not be an excuse, it certainly is a reason. As usual, we should see how this plays out before we rush to judgment.
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    I really do not understand why this would matter. If such a thing was really going on, and if the players really felt like violence was the only solution, the only reasonable response (and this is indeed stretching the term reasonable) would be to remove a helmet and challenge the ref to a fight.

    However, the attack was a blindside, and two against one. Regardless of any name calling, a cowardly attack is always a cowardly attack.

  15. So many people these days are told they’re victims & the system hates them so whatever they do is justified. But this is “stunning”?

    Unfortunately, we’ve passed the point where sports are a place to learn discipline & teamwork, to where refs are an authority figure to attack.

  16. clashpoint said “All we’ve heard is one side to the story”

    What the hell could the “other side” possibly be? Come on, really, what is it you’re thinking those kids could say that would make you shrug your shoulders and say “oh, well, then it was OK”? What, in your mind, would justify this?

  17. scoochpooch says:
    Sep 7, 2015 11:10 PM

    They disagree if it his calls were malicious and one sided? Refs bet on games all the time but for some reason they cannot be punished.

    Lets figure out whether the refs calls were correct and whether he was operating on the up and up before condemning the players actions.

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    Physical assault is never justified by words. Doesn’t matter what was said or done by the ref. They could have seriously injured or even killed the guy.

    It amazes me how many people think this is OK, or might be OK depending on circumstances. Assault is never OK.

  18. IF the ref was saying that word (which I doubt) he should be fired as a ref. period. No excuse. However that is no reason to assault him like they did. There are avenues to address any issues the coaches had with that ref.

  19. The last I saw the kids had been kicked out of school so that pretty much means they have been kicked off the team.

    I’m still surprised someone would do something like this. It was obviously premeditated and they should face charges. Also, the organization that governs high school athletics in Texas has already said these two will never be allowed to play football again. Maybe these two idiots didn’t think anyone would notice? Or maybe they didn’t think anyone would care? Is that how young people think today? I see a lengthy criminal record in both of these two kids’ futures.

  20. Some background –

    The other team was winning and was running out the clock. 2 players on the losing team had been ejected back to back just prior to this attack. Now these guys went after the ref.

    How about focusing your frustration and anger on improving and winning, rather than moping and taking it out on the ref.

  21. clashpoint says:

    I heard that the ref was calling the players the n word all game long, players on both teams.
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    Kind of like the Hands Up myth.

  22. Wineshard,

    If it’s true, we should be saying those players should be punished appropriately, as well as any coach or parent involved (if any); and the ref should be punished appropriately for his actions.

  23. Let’s do a hypothetical – IF the ref (an adult in a position of power over kids) was indeed calling players the N word what should we all be saying?
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    That the kids should be prosecuted for assault. That the coaches should be prosecuted if they ordered this. And that referee should be fired.

    Name calling us not an excuse for assault.

  24. The refs from super bowl XL should have gotten the bizness from holmgrens Seahawks.

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    The Seahawks should have gotten the business from their own fans after XL.

  25. If the ref was insulting the players, is the proper response to blindside him like that, likely resulting in serious injury?

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