Blindside Bullies? High School Players Claim Ref Used Racial Slurs

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MARBLE FALLS, TX -- The two football players in San Antonio suspended for attacking a ref now say he used racial slurs toward their team.

It all happened Friday night in a game between Marble Falls and San Antonio John Jay. In the video, you can see #12 Victor Rojas of John Jay make a bee-line for ref Robert Watts at the start of the play, delivering a hard hit. Then #18 Michael Moreno hits Watts after falling to the ground.

The tackle happened after the ref made a controversial call earlier in the game that left John Jay down at the end of the fourth quarter.

"It was really, really disturbing that students associated with our program would engage in that kind of behavior," said Dr. Brian T. Woods, Northside ISD Superintendent.

No word yet on the condition of the ref, but after a hit like that, he's probably more than a little sore.

The two student-athletes will have a disciplinary hearing. The school district is treating the incident as an assault on a school official, which could mean possible expulsion for the students.

The school district also says an assistant football coach at John Jay High School is on administrative leave for saying during the game that the "referee needs to pay for cheating us." It seems he was also frustrated with calls during the game.

 A complaint will be filed regarding the referee's possible use of racial slurs with the Texas Association of Sports Officials.