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Coach, who is former Mizzou player, reportedly admits he told Texas players to hit referee

A former Mizzou player coaching at John Jay High School in San Antonio reportedly told the principal he ordered two football players to hit referee Robert Watts in retaliation for racial slurs and missed calls.
A former Mizzou player coaching at John Jay High School in San Antonio reportedly told the principal he ordered two football players to hit referee Robert Watts in retaliation for racial slurs and missed calls. YouTube screenshot

A former Missouri defensive back reportedly admitted he encouraged the players he coached at a Texas high school to blindside a referee during a game.

The players, Victor Rojas and Michael Moreno, went on “Good Morning America” last week and said the referee made racial slurs. The pair also said one of the coaches of the John Jay High School team in San Antonio told them to ambush the referee, whose name is Robert Watts, because of missed calls in the game against Marble Falls.

ESPN reported Wednesday that John Jay secondary coach Mack Breed told the school’s principal that he “directed the students to make the referee pay for his racial comments and calls.”

An attorney for Watts denied that the referee had made a racial slur. The players were expected at a disciplinary hearing Wednesday.

Breed is a former Missouri defensive back. He was part of the Tigers program from 2004, his redshirt season, through 2008. Breed played sparingly as a reserve safety, and injuries impacted his college career.

He graduated from Missouri in 2008 with a degree in nutrition and fitness, and the former quarterback at John Jay High has worked at San Antonio schools since 2010.

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