They really take football serious in Texas. After exchanging words with a referee on a play defensive end Emmanuel Duron decided to audition for the WWE and bodyslammed the referee.
A high school football game turned ugly Thursday night, when a star athlete ran onto the field and assaulted one of the officials.
Video shows Emmanuel Duron, a senior defensive tackle for Edinburg High in Texas, running toward referee Fred Gracia and tackling him before other athletes rushed to intervene in a game against Pharr-San Juan-Alamo North. According to Valley Central, Duron was ejected from the game moments before the attack. He was reportedly ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct and a late hit on Pharr-San Juan-Alamo’s quarterback.
Emmanuel Duron, Edinburg High defensive end and top area wrestler is ejected from tonight's game versus PSJA and subsequently attacks the referee.
— KRGV Sports (@KRGVSports) December 4, 2020
Local police escorted Duron—the reigning District 31-6A Defensive Player of the Year—out of the stadium shortly after. According to The Monitor, the official was carted off the field taken to a nearby ambulance, where he was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury.
UPDATE: the ref in question won’t return and will have a shorthanded officiating crew for the 2nd half
— Andrew McCulloch (@ByAndyMcCulloch) December 4, 2020
Duron also served as his team’s kicker and punter, and was expected to compete for a state wrestling title this year. It’s unclear if the student-athlete will face any criminal charges.
He didn’t have to do that old man like that.