ESPN Talking Heads Equivocate And Mitigate Obvious Assault On High School Football Referee

I don’t know which is more sickening – the blatantly obvious assault on a high school football game referee in Marble Falls, Texas, by two defensive backs from San Antonio John Jay High School – or the de facto defense of the act by equivocating and obfuscating that went on during an ESPN telecast analysis.

Earlier in the game, this particular referee ejected two John Jay H.S. players for reasons which are not presented in any reports which I read.  You can read the written My Santonio.com account by clicking here.  I’ve read a few news reports, some of which describe the assault as “tackling” the official from behind.  There was no tackling anyone involved here, folks.  The first DB blasted the defenseless ref from behind by running at him and throwing a shoulder pad into his back.  The second DB then “speared” the official in the back with his helmet, as the ref lay prone on the turf.

We shall see what the outcome of this investigation is.  Many of the YouTube clips I watched reasoned that the assault was the result of a “bad call” by the referee (the ejection of the John Jay players for reasons unknown).  We do know that a football referee is an authority figure.  We know that his decision to eject two players was against the John Jay football team, which lost the game, by the way.  And we do know that we are living in an increasingly lawless atmosphere, where authority figures such as police officers have become fair game for violence.

Ergo, I can’t help wondering if the fact that the official is a white man had anything to do with this incident.  It’s just a question.  I wonder if anyone in position of authority with the official investigation will have the courage to ask it.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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