Gadsden ump quits over 'no Spanish' call

Posted at: 04/17/2013 8:25 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - An umpire accused of trying to ban New Mexico high school baseball players from speaking Spanish during a game has resigned.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico Activities Association informed Gadsden Independent School District officials that umpire Corey Jones resigned last week and will no longer umpire school games.

District officials filed a complaint with the governing body of the state's high school sports last week accusing Jones of telling a first baseman not to speak Spanish during a game in Alamogordo.

Coaches say Jones threatened to eject any player or coach who didn't speak English. After coaches complained, a bilingual home plate umpire intervened and told Jones there was no rule barring Spanish.

Jones says Gadsden High School's account of the conflict were "nothing but lies."

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