Prep football players from Texas who made national headlines last week when they bowled as a referee after being eliminated from a game will not play high school games again this academic year.
The Executive Committee of the University Interscholastic League on Monday suspended Edinburgh’s Emanuel Duren from all league-sanctioned activities for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, the results of which came on Thursday night.
Duron, a senior defensive lineman, came on the field from the sideline and slammed the referee Fred Garcia to the ground after Garcia announced that Duron was eliminated from the competition following back-to-back unsuspecting penalties. The video of the incident went viral.
The local police took Duron away from the stadium, and were charged with assaulting Class A the next day.
According to local media reports, Duron said in a statement on Monday, “I want to say that I am sorry for what happened to my coaches and my family and UIL.”
The next day of the incident, Edinburgh High officials suspended Duron from school for three days and suspended him from all additional activities for the rest of the academic year. The board of the UIL upheld both convictions on Monday, with The Monitor of McLain saying it was unanimous by a 5–0 vote.
In addition, the board stated that Edinburgh High coach JJ Lisa has been placed on probation for the 2021-22 school year and the school’s athletic department has been placed on probation for two years.
District 31-6A Defensive Player of the Year Last season, Duron is also a Bobcats kicker and puncher and a star wrestler.