Mack Breed, assistant football coach at John Jay High School, may have admitted to telling his players to hit Robert Watts.
Mack Breed, an assistant football coach at John Jay High School, admitted to directing his players to hit a referee who had allegedly made racial slurs toward his players, according to ESPN
Robert Harris, the principal of John Jay, said in a letter that Breed admitted to Head Coach Gary Gutierrez that he "directed the students to make the referee pay for his racial comments and calls."
During their September 4 game against Marble Falls, John Jay players Victor Rojas and Michael Moreno tackled official Robert Watts from behind. They have been kicked off the team, and will face a disciplinary hearing today at Northside Independent School District headquarters which could lead to their expulsion, suspension or placement in alternative school.
Rojas and Moreno have maintained that Breed directed them to hit Watts.
"[Breed] told me — and I quote— 'You need to hit him,'" Moreno said on Friday on Good Morning America
. "He pulled me and another player and told us, 'You need to hit the ref. He needs to pay the price.'"
Watts has denied making any racist remarks.
Gutierrez informed Harris of the incident during the team’s bus ride home from the game. They met with Breed the next day.
"Coach Breed told me that he directed the students to make the referee pay for his racial comments and calls. He wanted to take full responsibility for his actions. Mr. Breed at one point during our conversation stated that he should have handled the referee himself," Harris wrote, according to ESPN
Breed will testify at a hearing of the University Interscholastic League on Thursday. The hearing could result in sanctions against both Breed and the John Jay football program.