Mack Breed, a former high school assistant football coach in Texas, pleaded guilty on Monday to a count of misdemeanor assault after allegedly ordering two of his players to target a referee during a September game. He escaped jail time.
After pleading guilty in Burnet County court, a Court-at-law Judge Linda Bayless sentenced Breed to 18 months of probation, ordered him to serve 120 hours of community service, fined him $1,500 and ordered him to pay restitution to referee Robert Watts (who was targeted), The Washington Post reports.
Breed also has to permanently hand over his Texas teaching certificate and go to anger management sessions, said Burnet County Attorney Eddie Arredondo.
The 29-year-old former assistant coach resigned from his position soon after the incident occurred. He claims that Watts was using racial slurs toward his players, which Watts denies. The John Jay High School players that targeted Watts, Michael Moreno and Victor Rojas, told ESPN’s Outside the Lines that Breed ordered them to do the targeting.
However, under the plea agreement terms, Breed will not be required to admit that ordered his players to target the official, his attorney told ESPN.
“As a black male, nothing offended Mack Breed more than being called a racial epithet except someone in a position of authority calling his players racial epithets,” wrote attorney James Reeves in a statement.
The University Interscholastic League, which governs high school sports in Texas, suspended Breed for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school years and put him on two years probation, Associated Press reports. The organization could have suspended him for three years. He also could have been sentenced to as much as one year in prison and fined up to $4,000.
The Burnet County prosecutors added that they expect Moreno and Rogers to be charged with possibly assault or aggravated assault soon. The two students were suspended from John Jay High School and were placed in an alternative school for the rest of the semester.
According to ESPN, the guys will return to school in January.