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HS Player Who Hit Ref Banned from All Athletics

Andy Berg

The Texas high school football player who was charged with criminal assault for hitting a referee during a game has now learned he will miss the rest of his high school athletic career.

According to Yahoo Sports, members of Texas’ University Interscholastic League executive unanimously agreed to suspend Duron from competing in athletics from the remainder of the 2020-21 school calendar.

Duron had earned himself acclaim as both a standout defensive lineman for Edinburg High School and an All-Area wrestler. He was expected to compete for a state wrestling championship in the spring.

Edinburg will also see consequences for the alleged assault of referee Fred Garcia. The UIC announced that Edinburg football coach J.J. Leija will be placed on probation for the entirety of the upcoming season, and the school’s athletic department will be placed on probation through the 2022-23 school year.

Any further violations of during the probationary period could include the school’s athletic department being banned from any postseason play for up to three years.

Duron released a statement following last week’s decision by law enforcement to bring charges against the 18-year-old.

“I’d like to say that I’m sorry for what happened to my coaches, my family and to the UIL,” Duron’s statement read.

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