Char Adams
December 15, 2015 03:05 PM

A former Texas high school assistant football coach was sentenced to more than a year of probation after pleading guilty to directing a pair of players to tackle a referee during a game, PEOPLE confirms.

Mack Breed pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury, according to a statement by Burnet County Attorney Eddie Arredondo obtained by PEOPLE.

He was sentenced to 18 months probation, ordered to pay a $1,500 fine, complete 120 hours of community service and pay restitution to the referee, Robert Watts.

“Mack felt that he made a mistake that evening,” James Reeves, Breed’s attorney, said, per ABC News. “He felt the best thing for him to do was take responsibility, put it behind him and move forward with his life.”

Mack Breed

Watts’ attorney, Alan Goldberger, tells PEOPLE that he and Watts are continuing to cooperate with law enforcement officials in the investigation. He adds: “It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of it plays out.”

The guilty plea comes more than three months after Breed allegedly directed John Jay High School players, Michael Moreno, 17, and Victor Rojas, 15, to ram into Watts during a football game on Sept. 4.

The two were subsequently suspended; Breed initially denied directing the students to hit the referee but resigned. Video of the incident shows the two players barreling toward Watts on the field and knocking him to the ground.

Michael Moreno (left) and Victor Rojas

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Prosecutors are preparing to file charges against the two players shortly, according to the statement. Breed has also been ordered to turn over his teaching certificate and complete an anger management program, NBC News reports.

The players have said that they heard Watts make racially-charged remarks to Spanish and African-American players during the game. A school official said Breed claimed the same, but Watts has denied making any racially-charged remarks.

“It has already been established that there is no truth to those allegations of racial remarks,” Goldberger tells PEOPLE. “Nor do any allegations provide a justification for the attacks on Mr. Watts.”

Players tackle referee

However, Reeves said that the alleged remarks angered his client.

“As a black male, nothing offended Mack Breed more than being called a racial epithet except someone in a position of authority calling his players racial epithets,” Reeves said in a statement, according to NBC.

Reeves added that while Breed was angered the alleged slur, he “never explicitly told” the players to tackle the referee.

“Under the terms of the guilty plea, Mack Breed did not admit he ordered the players to strike the official,” Reeves said, according to ESPN.

But Rob Kepple, Executive Director of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, tells PEOPLE, “In Texas, if you plead guilty you have to admit guilt. In some states, you can say, ‘I’m just taking a deal,’ but not in Texas.”

Kepple adds, “If he wants to say that in public, have fun. But that doesn’t change anything.”

The boys have since expressed remorse for their actions, telling ABC News in September that they trusted Breed.

“You put your trust into this grown-up, a guardian, your coach, who’s been there for me ” Moreno said of Breed. “I trust him I just did what I was told.”

With reporting by GREG HANLON

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