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Man accused of assaulting referee at middle school football game

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
Samuel Vasquez was arrested Thursday night after a game at Paris Middle School.

Samuel Vasquez

A man faces charges after officials say he assaulted a referee following a game.

School officials in Paris say 35-year-old Samuel Vasquez was arrested Thursday night after a game at Paris Middle School.

"I think he was trying to put on a show at my son's expense," Vasquez said during a jailhouse interview. "I wasn't going to let that happen."

Vasquez says the trouble started on the field after he alleges the referee mistreated his son following a pile-up.

"When you see your child being snatched up by the collar and then coming down on his shoulders with his feet in the air. My son is 14 years old and weighs 125 pounds," Vasquez said. "This guy was 200 pounds plus.... and an official!"

Vasquez, who says he's never ended up on the wrong side of the law before, says following the game, he wanted to talk to the referee about what happened.

"When he was laughing, with that smirk---it made it worse," he explained. "It was a trigger."

Vasquez says he slapped the referee across the face in front of everyone on the field.

Paris Police are investigating whether or not the referee did anything wrong, but say regardless, Vasquez should not have hit him.

"Parents are supposed to be role models," Lt. Jeff Lizer with the Paris Police Department explained. "It is against the law and is not excused."

Vasquez is charged with third degree assault of a sports official.

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