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Referee Steve Leger is saying West St. Mary High School football coaches Marquis Newsome and Kenneth Bashay could have prevented their players from allegedly punching him in the head and shoulder area.

"The head football coach and the assistant coaches were nowhere around to restrain the players or to intervene in any way," says Leger's attorney, Chris Villemarette.  

Villemarette, speaking on behalf of Leger, says the veteran referee is now suing both coaches and the St. Mary Parish School Board for damages. Leger's petition went to the parish clerk of court on Tuesday.

"Sadly there is no remedy under the law to give him an apology to undo what has been done," says Villemarette.  

Villemarette says the November 1st incident began with Assistant Coach Bashay arguing with the side judge in the last minute of their game against Erath High School.

"The assistant coach was warned and persisted with the cursing and the yelling and the screaming at the official at which time Mr. Leger , my client, kicked the assistant coach out of the game," says Villemarette.

Villemarette says Head Coach Newsome stood idly by and was asked by Leger: "'What is his [the assistant coach's] name?' At which time the head coach responded 'I don't know.'"

So, Villemarette says Leger terminated the game and was battered by two players as he was walking off the field.

"The fact that the head football coach refused to identify his assistant emboldened these young men to continue in the assistant coach's disparaging of the official," says Villemarette.

But, the two young men charged with punching Leger, told KLFY earlier this month that Leger emboldened them by calling members of the team a racial slur.

"He pushed throw us and said move out of my way you little (stet)," says one of the players charged with battery.  

We were unable to reach neither St. Mary Parish Superintendent Donald Aguillard nor the two coaches as of yet.  

But, we did speak with school board member Joseph Foulcard who says "we have an attorney to take care of all of our legal business."

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