Editorials

Take time on Jay players’ case

The University Interscholastic League should take its time reviewing the behavior of two San Antonio Jay High School football players last week.

A Jay sophomore is seen on video slamming down an official during a game in Marble Falls, with a senior then hitting the official on the ground.

While a YouTube jury of 9 million shocked viewers in the cybersphere wants the players jailed if possible and the team’s season suspended, the UIL is wise to carefully consider any penalties and the resulting effect on other students.

If Jay’s season is canceled, that takes away not only a fall of showcases for Jay’s band, cheer and precision units, but also cancels performances for each of Jay’s opponents. There is no reason to deprive other students or schools.

In a preliminary hearing Wednesday, UIL officials asked good questions about whether the team is coached properly and why other Jay players have been ejected from games.

Officials have options, including a probation and ban from the playoffs, student discipline according to school rules and a fine for any coach or coaches who lost control.

The UIL committee will meet again Sept. 23. This decision should not be rushed.

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