#11 for John Jay then shoved the ball at me forcefully, hitting me in the solar plexus. This was painful and I grunted in response. I then spotted the ball, but walked over to #11 and told him that if he did that again he would be out of the game. Earlier in the game, he had already been assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct foul by the Referee for disparaging language toward an official. This meant that one more unsportsmanlike and he would automatically be ejected. John Jay #11 said, “What did you say to me?” I responded by telling him again that if he shoved the ball at me like that again he would be out of the game. He waved his hand at me as though to brush me off.
The initial blow to my body was to my left middle back, left arm and left side. I was knocked to the ground and hit my head on the ground. I was then hit from behind a second time, which forced my head into the ground again. I could feel the hit on my back and the right side of my body.
I stood up and threw my flag, knowing that neither hit could be by accident. My first comment was to John Jay #12. I asked him, “Why did you hit me?” He started to walk away and did not speak. I said to John Jay #12, “Did you hit me on purpose?” Again, he did not respond. I then turned to John Jay #8, believing that he had hit me. I asked John Jay #7 why he had hit me. His response was, “You were in the way.” He then laughed. Video evidence revealed that the play ended with #7 near me but that #81 was the player who hit me a second time.
I walked over to the John Jay sideline and told Coach Gutierrez with the Head Linesmen that if any of the officials were touched again the game would be over. Coach Gutierrez said that I should do what I needed to do, but also said that he had three players saying that I had called them “fucking niggers.” I told Coach Gutierrez that I had not done that. While this was going on, there was a John Jay assistant coach, whom I now know to be Mack Breed, standing behind Coach Gutierrez yelling profanities and gesturing angrily at me and also at the other officials.
I went over to Coach Gutierrez and told him that I needed the names of his players #7, #11 and #12. He told me that he did not know their names. He said the had forgotten them. He wanted to know what my name was. I told him that I had introduced myself twice prior to the game and that we had given him our names on a card prior to the game.
During the next few days, my symptoms continued. I tried to work, but got little done. I recall having some short term memory loss, feeling feverish, having hot flashes and sweating. My left knee ached. My left ear rang for a time. By Thursday, September 15, 2015, the nausea was really bad. I had been having a hard time finding a neurologist that could get me in quickly.
Both of the hits I took from behind were painful to receive and it was also painful when I struck the field both times. Since then, I have had continual headaches, chest pain and sensitivity to light, and the other symptoms as described above which have also been painful. My symptoms are continuing and I do not know what ultimately will happen.
Since the night of September 4, 2015, I have learned that players and possibly coaches from John Jay High School, among others, have said that during the game, I used racial slurs and insults against John Jay High School players. I did not do that.
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