Emmanuel Duron Banned From Texas High School Sports After Attacking Ref

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Emmanuel Duron, the Texas high school football player who attacked a referee, has been banned from all sports through the 2020-2021 school year, according to The Monitor in McAllen.

Texas’ University Interscholastic League voted unanimously.

“We as a district understand that it is a very unfortunate incident for the team, as the students and coaching staff worked very hard throughout the year for this season, but it is important that our district abides by the rules and regulations set forth by the UIL,” Edinburg CISD interim superintendent Gilbert Garza said, per The Monitor.

“Our district’s leadership agrees with the committee also that such incidents are not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Moving forward, our district is committed to developing and implementing a plan of action to proactively deter any future misconduct by any future student-athlete.”

The New York Post adds:

Duron’s coach, JJ Leija, was also placed on one-year probation for the 2021-22 academic year, and all of Edinburg High School’s athletic programs will be on probation through the 2022-23 academic year, according to the report.

Duron was arrested and charged with assault following the incident which took place on December 3.

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