The Texas high school football player who tackled a referee at a game Thursday night has been jailed on an assault charge, according to online jail records.
Edinburg (Texas) High School football player Emmanuel Duron was booked into a Hidalgo County jail Friday and is facing one charge of “assault causing bodily injury.” He remained in custody as of early Friday evening but had posted a $10,000 bond and was expected to be released later that night.
It is unclear if Duron has an attorney.Representatives of the Edinburg CISD Police Department and Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately reply to requests for additional information.
According to The Monitor of McAllen, Duron was ejected Thursday night for a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, with referee Fred Gracia and Duron exchanging words. Before exiting the field, Duron turned back toward the field and ran at Gracia. He flung the official, who had just announced Duron’s ejection, to the ground before being corralled by coaches and teammates.
Gracia, 58, was treated for a possible shoulder injury and concussion-like symptoms. Further details on his condition are unknown.
The Texas Association of Sports Officials said it has begun an investigation into the incident.
“On the evening of December 3, 2020, another vicious and deliberate assault was inflected (sic) on a TASO Football Official by a player who had just been ejected from the contest,” the association said in a statement. “Unfortunately, this type of blind‑sided assault on an official while working on the field is not new to Texas Football.”
According to the Monitor, Duron’s ejection came as Edinburg clinched a playoff berth with a 35-21 play-in game victory over Pharr-San Juan-Alamo. However, the Edinburg Consolidated School District board of trustees announced Friday that the team would not play in the postseason.
“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 board said 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.”
The Monitor named Duron the 2020 All-Area Boys Wrestler of the Year earlier this year.
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