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Betsy Ross: Tackling the issue of sportsmanship

Video from a Texas high school football game shows two players possibly intentionally hitting a referee during gameplay. (Source: YouTube) Video from a Texas high school football game shows two players possibly intentionally hitting a referee during gameplay. (Source: YouTube)

We know they take football seriously in Texas, but this is over the top.

You probably have seen the video of the football game last Friday night between two San Antonio-area high schools, John Jay High and Marble Falls, where a backfield referee was blindsided from behind by one John Jay player, then speared by a second.

No surprise, both players were thrown out of the game and both are suspended from the team pending investigations.

Now, a couple of plays earlier, the team's quarterback, who also plays defense, was thrown out while on defense. A fourth John Jay player had been tossed out earlier in the game.

The players may have been upset that their teammates had been ejected, but leveling a referee is hardly the way to settle the issue.

The investigation may never tell us why the players thought this was acceptable behavior, but the larger issue is, why haven't the lessons of fair play, respecting authority and following rules been taught to them?

It's easy to blame the kids. Maybe the microscope should be on the adults who know better. Or should.

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