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Lawyer: Official attacked by John Jay players plans to appear at UIL hearing | USA Today High School Sports

John Jay attack

John Jay attack

The high school football official who was blindsided by two players from John Jay in San Antonio is planning to attend a University Interscholastic League hearing on the matter on Thursday in Round Rock, his lawyer told USA TODAY High School Sports on Tuesday.

Attorney Jay Downs wrote in an email, “The only thing that might prevent it at this point is if a doctor tells him not to attend.”

The UIL governs extracurricular activities for public schools and some private schools in the state of Texas.

The hearing is the next gathering of the UIL’s State Executive Committee in an attempt to determine what happened during the Sept. 4 game between John Jay and Marble Falls and what action should be taken against the players, coaches and school.

Watts, the umpire, has not spoken publicly since the incident happened other than a brief comment days after the incident. Watts provided his version of events in a five-page statement to Marble Falls Police last month and the statement goes into great detail about what happened before, after and since the incident.

The players have alleged that Watts used racial slurs and made a derogatory comment to a Hispanic-American player. In his statement and through his attorney, Watts has steadfastly denied the allegations.

The two players have been invited to testify at the hearing as well. Their attorney, Jesse Hernandez, did not return messages from USA TODAY High Schools Sports about whether his clients planned to attend.

At the SEC meeting last month, Downs appeared on Watts’ behalf.


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