Former John Jay coach pleads guilty in assault on blindsided official; charges against players to come

Former John Jay coach pleads guilty in assault on blindsided official; charges against players to come

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Former John Jay coach pleads guilty in assault on blindsided official; charges against players to come

Former John Jay High School assistant football coach Mack Breed appears at a University Athletic League hearing in October (Pjoto: Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Former John Jay High School assistant football coach Mack Breed appears at a University Athletic League hearing in October (Pjoto: Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Former John Jay (San Antonio) assistant football coach Mack Breed has been sentenced on misdemeanor assault charges in a plea agreement with the Burnet County (Texas) Attorney’s Office for his role in two Jay players blindsiding official Robert Watts during a Sept. 4 against Marble Falls.

According to a statement from the Burnet County Attorney’s Office, Breed turned himself in to Marble Falls police on Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Breed pled guilty and was sentenced to 12 months in county jail and a $3,500 fine, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for 18 months and will be required to permanently surrender his Texas Teaching Certificate, complete an anger management program, perform 120 hours community service, and pay restitution to Watts.

The charge was assault causing bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor.

The attorney’s office said charges against the two players — Michael Moreno and Victor Rojas — are expected to be filed shortly. The statement said assault and aggravated assault are under consideration. Because Moreno is older than 17, any charges will be handled by the adult criminal system. Misdemeanor or felony charges against Rojas would be held in juvenile court. The statement from the county attorney did not name Rojas because he is a minor.

Rojas and Moreno are both serving 75 days in the district’s alternative school for their role in the incident. Jesse Hernandez, who represents both players, was unavailable for comment.

Breed initially told the school principal that he instructed the players to hit the official but later recanted in a statement given to the school district’s human resources department. In the second statement, Breed wrote that he took the blame to protect the two players from being expelled from school. Breed resigned from his position Sept. 23.

In an appearance before the UIL Executive Committee on Oct. 15, Breed denied that he directed the players to “hit, take out, destroy, hit or do any bodily harm to any players or officials.” He did, however, confirm that he said, “This (expletive) has got to pay the price” in reference to Watts.

“The statement was made aloud to myself out of frustration,” Breed said. “My comment was not to be taken literally by anyone who overhead. I was just as surprised that Michael and Victor hit that official.”

Breed was suspended for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year and placed on two years probation by the UIL.

A message left for Breed’s attorney, James Reeves, was not immediately returned. Jay Downs, an attorney for Watts, also did not immediately return a message.

In a statement, the attorney’s office said, “Burnet County Officials are approaching the investigation and charging decisions in a coordinated and methodical manner. Investigators from the Marble Falls Police Department obtained video and gathered statements from numerous witnesses in order to understand the offense clearly. Additionally, the Burnet County Attorney’s Office obtained information from the various entities involved, including the Northside Independent School District, the University Interscholastic League, and The Texas Association of Sports Officials.”

The statement said the prosecutors would have no additional comment.

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