Videos of attack on freshman football player go viral

A frame grab from a video of the Sept. 13 incident.
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Videos of an attack by a University High School freshman football player on a player from a rival team who ended up with a concussion have gone viral.

The incident happened on Sept. 13 as University hosted the freshman team from Burleson.

The videos show the University player throwing the Burleson player to the ground and pounding his head against the playing surface three times.

The player’s mother, Jennifer Gower, posted the videos on her Facebook page.

In the post she said her son has missed three games because of a concussion he suffered during the game in Waco.

The University player was ejected from the game and then according to University Interscholastic League policy, was suspended for one half of the next game.

"We hold our student athletes to the highest standards here and we don't condone any irresponsible or bad behavior,” Waco ISD Athletics Director Johnny Tusa said Wednesday.

“We took swift action according to the UIL guidelines and punished accordingly and we are satisfied with our outcome."

"(The University player) did shake hands with the boy after the game and told him he was sorry,” Tusa said.

Asked if he was concerned about the Burleson student who suffered the concussion, Tusa said, "It is my responsibility to be concerned about our players, not others in other school districts."

The Burleson player's mother, however, doesn't think the Waco ISD's action is sufficient.

"If that's all they're going to do, it's unacceptable. And I'm here to stay that's unacceptable. Something more needs to be done," she said.