Top Texas High School Football Referee Suspended for Racist Comments

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One of Texas’ top referees in high school football has been suspended for the upcoming 2019 season for reportedly making racist comments.

Mike Atkinson, one of the state’s longest-tenured high school football referees, was suspended from officiating next season by the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) after he had made racist comments and used the n-word, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The former referee, who had been a football official for 45 years in the state, can be heard making the comments during phone conversations over the past year. The audio clips, which were obtained by the publication, surfaced because of a disciplinary dispute another football official had with TASO.

In one of the audio clips obtained by the Houston Chronicle, Atkinson can be heard talking about an event held by the Houston Football Chapter of TASO on February 10 called the “Chapter and Crew Mixer.” Atkinson can be heard…

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