Texas high school player who attacked referee punished


EDINBURG, Texas (KVEO) — A Texas state committee issued penalties and punishments Monday in response to a high school football player’s attack on a referee.

The State Executive Committee of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) suspended Emmanuel Duron from all UIL activities for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, effectively ending his high school athletic career.

The discipline not only includes Duron but Edinburg Head Football Coach J.J. Leija and the entire Edinburg High School athletics program.

Leija received a public reprimand and was placed on probation for the 2021-2022 school year.

The Edinburg High School Athletic Department also received a public reprimand and probation for all athletic activities for two years.

Duron was charged with class A assault the day after the incident and posted $10,000 bond.

A day after the incident took place, the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District decided to remove the entire Edinburg High School football team from playoffs.

The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District’s interim superintendent read the following statement to the UIL State Executive Committee:

“The district understands that this is a very unfortunate incident for the team as the students and coaching staff worked very hard during the season, but it is important that our district abides by the rules and regulations set forth by the University Interscholastic League (UIL), as is expected of all school districts throughout the state.

Our district’s leadership agrees with the committee that such incidents are not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Moving forward, our district is committed to developing and implementing a plan of action to proactively deter any future misconduct by student-athletes.


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