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Gadsden High School Athletes Threatened For Speaking Spanish

The Gadsden High School Panthers were threatened with ejection if they didn’t stop speaking spanish during a recent game at Alamogordo High School,.


The first base umpire apparently didn’t speak spanish and (I guess) didn’t like not knowing what was up.

I can kind of see his side since part of his job is to watch for signs of cheating, bullying, bad language, etc.  However, I don’t think you can throw a player out of the game over it!  (Plus, another umpire … who did speak spanish … told this bozo that he was monitoring the communications.)

The official, Corey Jones, said:

Anyone who speaks Spanish — coaches or players — will be ejected.”

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According to yahoo sports, when Gadsden coach Emmanuel Burciaga went to defend the player being threatened, it went like this:

Burciaga said he told Jones, “Our players will not stop speaking Spanish, and they will not be ejected.”

He said Jones then “came walking toward me and said, ‘Another word from you, Coach, and you will be ejected.’ ”

The home plate umpire, who is bilingual, intervened in the mid-game conflict and told Jones there was no rule prohibiting players from speaking Spanish on the field, Burciaga said.

The Gadsden coaches plan to file a formal complaint against the official.

What do you guys think about this?

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