Texas high school football player who attacked, knocked over referee charged


EDINBURG, Texas (NewsNation Now) — A Texas high school football player who charged onto the field and bowled over a referee Thursday night is now an facing assault charge.

Senior defensive lineman Emmanuel Duron of Edinburg High School was charged with class A assault Friday morning, according to jail records, NewsNation affiliate KVEO reported. Duron was given a cash surety bond of $10,000.

On Friday morning, the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) decided to remove the entire Edinburg High School football team from playoffs after Duron tackled the referee, KVEO reported.

“We extend a sincere apology to the referee and his family. On behalf of the Edinburg CISD Board of Trustees and administration, we apologize to the athletes, staff, and our school community,” the district said.

The district said they will take the appropriate disciplinary action once they understand the facts and circumstances that prompted the incident.

“The district takes these matters very seriously; however, we cannot comment further on a pending investigation.”

Duron cam running from the sideline area after the referee announced the ejection, slamming into the official during the first half of the zone play-in game against Pharr-San Juan-Alamo on Thursday night.

Duron was escorted from the stadium by police officers.

The Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) said in a statement they have begun an investigation and started collaborating with the University Interscholastic League (UIL) to bring this matter to a suitable disposition.

“Unfortunately, this type of blind-sided assault on an officials while working on the field is not new to Texas Football” the statement said.

The Monitor of McAllen reported the referee was evaluated for a concussion by medical personnel at the stadium.

The game resumed after a delay, with Edinburg winning 35-21 to advance to the playoffs.

The District 31-6A Defensive Player of the Year last season, Duron also is the Bobcats’ kicker and punter and a star wrestler.

NewsNation spoke with the mother of a football player on the same team as Duron:

Editor’s note: A NewsNation Now push notification sent to this story incorrectly identified the guest in an upcoming interview

The Associated Press and NewsNation affiliate KVEO contributed to this report.

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