Referee provoked punching, say players - KLFY News 10

Referee provoked punching, say players

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Update: Referee Steve Leger's attorney, Chris Villemarette, says West St. Mary Principal, Dr. Derrick White, and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association investigated the incident and found no other evidence suggesting Leger provoked or used any racial slurs towards the players.  

"They are the only people to come up with this story and say that Mr. Leger said something about them or that he said anything hateful to them or otherwise offensive to them; it's the first time hearing this," says Villemarette.


Referee Steve Leger allegedly initiated a post-game altercation with two football players of the West St. Mary High School Wolf Pack, last Friday, says one member of the team.

"We were crying after we lost. The ref, I guess he was scared...He was running through us and he said ‘move out of my way little (racial slur)' and he had pushed us. He was like, pushing. Like, running through. And that's whenever I ran up to him and hit him and then walked away. I hit him twice and then walked away," he says.    

Another member of the team describes a similar scene.

"He forcibly pushed in between us and threw a water bottle at us and that's when my teammate reacted and he [Leger] pushed through us and said ‘move out of my way you little (racial slur),'" the second player says.

According to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, detectives determined both of those players punched Leger, "in the head and shoulder areas."

But, the second player says he never touched Leger.

"I didn't take a swing. I was flailing my arms and basically just putting on a show and I missed," says the second player.    

But, the second player says he hasn't been back to West St. Mary High School ever since the November 1st incident.

"I had a hearing. I got put out of school. I go to an alternative school now and now I gotta go to court," says the second player.

We reached out to Leger and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association this afternoon for comment, but did not hear from them as of news time on Tuesday.

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