Former San Antonio John Jay assistant football coach Mack Breed is expected to appear at Thursday’s University Athletic League hearing examining the attack on a high school official last month, his attorney said.
Breed’s attorney, James Reeves, told USA TODAY Sports that “Mack wants to speak out and I want him to talk,” but suggested that it is more likely that Breed will provide a statement to the UIL’s State Executive Committee rather than facing questions.
The two players have alleged they were told by Breed to hit umpire Robert Watts to make him pay for unjust calls and alleged racial slurs. Breed and his attorney have strongly denied that Breed directed the players to hit Watts.
Breed, the team’s defensive back coach and a former star quarterback at the school, resigned last month from his coaching and teaching position.
“We’re more concerned with a criminal case that the kids and Mack could face. That’s my overriding concern,” Reeves said. “We’re not being quiet because Mack told them to do anything. We’re being quiet because things can be twisted and things can be said that might be misinterpreted.”
The Sept. 4 game between Jay and Marble Falls took place in Marble Falls and police there are investigating the case and the Burnet County prosecutor has yet to decide if charges will be filed.
Reeves has expressed frustration that Breed has been taking “100 percent of the heat” when others involved have avoided responsibility.
“I think the UIL is being fair to everyone involved, and I assume and I anticipate that Mack will get his opportunity to talk in front of the UIL, and that they will be fair with him as they’ve been with everyone else,” Reeves said. “I just hope he’s treated fairly because one thing I’ll say is he has not felt like he’s been treated fairly throughout this process at all.”
Watts is scheduled to appear at the hearing, his attorney said. The two players have been invited to appear and the committee indicated it expected they would be there, although lawyer Jesse Hernandez has not returned calls seeking comment. The players have not appeared at the previous hearings.
At a hearing last month, the SEC suspended Breed from coaching in the UIL until he appears before the committee. Breed is currently not employed and Reaves said they will deal with his ability to coach should he land a coaching position.
The UIL covers the state’s public schools and a small number of private schools. Breed could coach at a private school and the college level or potentially in another state without UIL permission.
Last month, John Jay principal Robert Harris said he spoke with Breed the day after the incident and that Breed admitted that he told the players to attack Watts. Breed provided a statement to Harris at the time that acknowledged his role in the incident.
Breed was told to report to human resources days later and in a statement to the district’s HR Department he recanted his initial statement to Harris. In the second statement, Breed wrote that he took the blame for the incident in order to prevent the students from being expelled.
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