The president and founder of the National Association of Sports Officials said his organization has looked into the allegations by football players for John Jay in San Antonio that a game official used racial slurs and said, “We have no evidence at all that any racial slurs were used.”
John Jay has been at the center of a national firestorm in high school sports and beyond after video surfaced of two players attacking umpire Robert Watts from behind in the final moments of a game against Marble Falls.
The players were suspended from the team and from school and investigations into the incident are ongoing by the school district, the UIL and the Marble Falls Police Department.
The players have said Watts, a 14-year veteran official, used racial slurs. School officials told the UIL last week that they were still looking into the allegations.
NASO founder and president Barry Mano told USA TODAY Sports’ Erik Brady that he spoke to Watts a few nights ago.
“Robert Watts is one of our members,” Mano said. “He goes out to work a game, with his wife and 8-week-old daughter at home, to make 70 bucks or something. I don’t know the exact figure, but these guys don’t do this for the money. They do it for love of the game.”
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