In a recent turn of events, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) has decided to overturn the suspension of Whitney High School player Trey Haynes following an incident during the Whitney vs. Dallas Madison varsity football game on September 29. The incident involved a clash between Trey Haynes, who plays as a linebacker for Whitney High School, and a referee.
A video shared on social media by Karla Haynes, Trey's mother and the wife of Whitney High School head football coach David Haynes, captured the moment when Trey bumped into the referee during a play. In the video, the referee grabs the Trey's facemask causing him to spin around and forcibly pulled off his helmet. The incident led to the referee throwing a yellow flag suspending Trey from the game during the fourth quarter, raising concerns about his eligibility for the Wildcats' next football match.
@uiltexas how is this allowed from a ref!!!!!!! And then you eject MY SON and you literally assaulted him!!!!!!! @kwtxsports @kwtx @FoxNews @25NewsKXXV @CoachHaynesJr @WacoTribSports pic.twitter.com/W2vQQikXmp— Karla Haynes (@KarlaAHaynes) September 30, 2023
Following public outcry and the widespread sharing of the video, the UIL released a statement addressing the incident. In collaboration with the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO), the UIL has decided to reverse the game ejection of Trey Haynes. Furthermore, the official involved in the incident has been removed from officiating UIL games temporarily, pending a thorough investigation into the matter.
Whitney High School is in the city of Whitney, Texas, which is about 60 miles south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.