Defensive lineman Emmanuel Duron, 18-year-old, a player for Edinburg High School, on December 3, blindsided a referee who ejected him from a game against Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) High after he committed a personal foul and received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. He sent the referee sprawling to the ground. Duron was escorted from the stadium by police officers, booked into jail and charged with class A assault. His bond has been set at $10,000. The referee, identified as 59-year-old Fred Garcia, was able to leave the field under his own power. He was evaluated for a shoulder injury and for a concussion by medical personnel and did not return to the game. The incident happened during the second quarter of the game.
Friday afternoon the Edinburg Consolidated ISD sent a statement saying: „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. 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 Texas Association of Sports Officials released a statement on Friday describing the incident as a “vicious and deliberate assault.”Duron was the District 31-6A Defensive Player of the Year last season.