Texas UIL temporarily removing referee who ripped the helmet off a Whitney student
The Texas University Interscholastic League has temporarily removed a referee from officiating games after he pulled the helmet off a Whitney High School football player Friday night.
In a video shared to X, formerly known as Twitter, Whitney player Trey Haynes is seen colliding with a referee as he runs to the right side of the field before he is seemingly pushed by the official. The referee is then seen grabbing hold of Haynes and pulling off his helmet.
The video was posted by the student’s mother Karla Haynes Friday night.
Haynes was ejected from the game and Whitney went on to beat James Madison High School 56-28.
In a statement released Monday, UIL announced it would reverse the ejection and remove the referee from officiating games “pending the completion of a thorough investigation.”
The UIL announced its investigation Saturday but did not identify either the player or referee.
The UIL is aware of an incident involving a sports official and a student athlete during the Whitney vs. Dallas Madison varsity football game last night (Friday, 9/29). This situation is of great concern to us and we are actively looking into the matter.— Texas UIL (@uiltexas) September 30, 2023
Most commenters on X expressed outrage over the situation and voiced their support for Haynes. Some doubted whether there was more to the story outside of a 10-second clip.
“If you knew my child...you would know he is the most respectful kid ever!,” Karla Haynes wrote in another X post. “He did nothing to deserve this. Those that know him can back that up! If you notice he even kept composed after being literally thrown by the official. That speaks for itself.”
Whitney football coach David Haynes, the boy’s father, told NBC 5 that he didn’t see the incident but was told one of his players “tried to maliciously run [the referee] over.”
Whitney is 5-0 this season, something David Haynes told NBC 5 had not been done in a long time.
“When you get kicked out of the game, you get suspended for the next game,” Haynes told NBC 5. “He’s a great kid, so I don’t want him to be suspended his senior year for playing football the right way.”
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