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.