Coach pleads guilty after ordering attack on referee

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (WPVI) -- A former Texas assistant football coach accused of ordering two high school players to attack a referee has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault charges.

Back in September, Mack Breed, an assistant coach at John Jay High School in San Antonio, was accused of having the players target the official.

Video of the players blindsiding the official went viral and drew national media attention.

In the wake of the incident, Breed resigned, but maintained that the referee used a racial epithet against one of his players.

According to a statement from his lawyer, Breed said one of his players heard the referee say during the game on Sept. 4, "Throw the f------ ball at me again n-----."

"Mack felt that he made a mistake that evening, and he felt the best thing for him to do was to take responsibility, put it behind him and move forward with his life," said James Reeves, Breed's attorney.

Breed ultimately decided to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge.

In addition to losing his teaching certificate, Breed was sentenced to 18 months probation and fined $1,500.

The referee, Robert Watts, has denied through his attorney that he used any racial slurs.
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