Jay coach resigns, denies wanting to hurt referee

Published 12:35 am Friday, September 25, 2015

ROUND ROCK (AP) —An attorney for a Texas high school football coach whose players struck a referee in retaliation for alleged racial insults says his client is unfairly taking all the blame.

Mack Breed is no longer an assistant coach at John Jay High in San Antonio. His attorney said Thursday that Breed has resigned and is disputing accusations that players were ordered to hit referee Robert Watts.

Attorney James Reeves says Breed “never intended to hit or hurt” Watts. He says others have yet to accept responsibility for their roles in the Sept. 4 game but didn’t single anyone out.

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Breed’s former bosses told a state governing board they believe the assistant coach instructed players to hit Watts, who has denied making racially charged comments.

Members of Texas’ governing board of high school sports told John Jay head coach Gary Gutierrez on Thursday they might consider that option against him. But the board adjourned a fact-finding hearing without taking action.

The University Interscholastic League says it hopes to finally end the investigation in October.

The two suspended students, Michael Moreno and Victor Rojas, appeared Wednesday at separate disciplinary hearings, which were closed to the public. Both were ordered to complete 75 days in alternative school before becoming eligible to return to their regular classes Jan. 15, according to their attorney, Jesse Hernandez.