One of the longest-tenured referees in Texas high school football has been suspended for the upcoming season for making racist comments.
Mike Atkinson, a high school football official for 45 years, used the N-word numerous times in a series of recorded phone conversations over the past year. Audio clips of those conversations surfaced as part of a disciplinary dispute another official had with the Texas Association of Sports Officials.
“They’re putting all this out there that I’m a big-time racist and all this,” . “For the people that know me, they know that’s not true.”
Atkinson admitted using the N-word, but said the person who recorded the conversations did as well.
“We were back and forth.