A Texas high school football player plowed through a referee in retaliation for a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties which caused the player to be ejected from the game. Now the player is dealing with a list of repercussions much larger than a game ejection.
Edinburg High School senior defensive lineman Emmanuel Duron is facing assault charges after storming onto the field and ramming into a referee in response to his ejection from the game. As the referee was slammed to the ground, Duron’s teammates rushed in to corral him before he ended up being escorted out of the stadium by police officers.
Duron now faces a class-A assault charge and is being held in county jail on a $10,000 bond.
The incident occurred during the first half of Edinburg’s 35-21 playoff victory, which doesn’t matter now, as the team has been removed from the playoffs.
“The district has decided to remove the Edinburg High School football team from the playoffs after an unexpected incident involving a student that occurred during a football game on December 3, 2020,” the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District announced in a statement. “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.
“We will take the appropriate disciplinary action once we understand the facts and circumstances underlining this incident. The district takes these matters very seriously; however, we cannot comment further on a pending investigation.”
Duron, who was the District 31-6A Defensive Player of the Year last season, is also his team’s kicker and punter. The senior was also named All-Area Boys Wrestler of the Year in early 2020. Sounds like he has plenty of accolades to go along with his criminal record.