In a phone interview with TEGNA partner KENS 5 Sports’ David Flores on Sunday, NISD Athletic Director Steve Laing said the two players involved in the incident have been suspended from the team, pending an NISD investigation.
The player wearing the No. 12 jersey was ejected by the official after the play, but No. 81 remained in the game and another Jay player was tossed instead, Laing said.
“After he (the official) got knocked down and he got back up, he ejected one of the wrong kids,” Laing said.” No. 12 and No. 81 are the ones involved in the video, but No. 81 did not get ejected. No. 12 and No. 7, who came over after the play, got ejected.”
The ejections came after Jay senior free safety Moses Reynolds was kicked out of the game following an altercation with a Marble Falls player. A fourth Jay player was tossed earlier in the game.
Reynolds confirmed to KENS 5 that he was ejected “a couple of plays” before the incident involving the official. Reyolds, who also plays quarterback for the Mustangs, said he got tossed from the game while he was playing defense.
Reynolds declined to comment further.
On Sunday, NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzales said:
This incident is extremely disturbing, not the sportsman like behavior we teach students at Northside ISD. We are cooperating with the UIL investigation. We will handle this incident on Tuesday morning and schedule a due process hearing which will include formal interviews with coaching staffing , the students themselves and other athletes, anyone who has knowledge of whatever was seen.
The bottom line is, Northside will not tolerate this type of behavior. It does appear the athletes intentionally tackled the referee, but we have not confirmed it.
The question that looms paramount is why the two Jay players went after the official.
“We have to be very careful with what we say until we get the entire story,” Laing said. ““It’s really unfortunate. We’re still getting stories on different things. That’s why we’ve got to make sure to get the entire story before we basically share it with everybody, because we don’t want anything out there to be assumed. We want to be very clear on exactly what happened.
“We’ll just have to go through the whole investigation and let all that come out. We will investigate and take appropriate action on what we need to do, what we need to address.”
The UIL has released a statement on the incident:
In an embarrassing incident in Texas, two players for John Jay in the San Antonio area were ejected after appearing to intentionally target a referee and hit him from behind about 10 yards away from the play in a game against Marble Falls.
With about a minute left, one player lined up at safety charged into the back of the referee during a running play. Once the referee was down, another player dove into the fallen official, leading with his helmet.
The players were ejected from the game — which Marble Falls won — and coach Gary Gutierrez apologized for the players’ action. The Northside Independent School District and the UIL are investigating. Stan Laing, the athletic director for Northside ISD, told MySanAntonio.com that the video was “very disturbing.”
Two John Jay players had previously been ejected from the game in separate incidents and it is possible the other players tried to retaliate because they were upset about those calls.
Laing said the district will be talking to players and others to determine what led to the incident. The Austin-based officials association also will be getting statements from the crew.
“The question of what instigated that is what we’re trying to figure out,” Laing said.