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10:26 am
Thu April 18, 2013

New Mexico Umpire Resigns

In a stir of controversy, a New Mexico umpire who allegedly threatened to eject high school baseball players for speaking Spanish has resigned.

Umpire Corey Jones is accused of telling a first basemen not to speak Spanish during a game, and, when questioned by the school’s assistant coach, Jones allegedly stated, “Anyone who speaks Spanish — coaches or players — will be ejected.”

With Latinos and immigration reform in the headlines, the event at the New Mexico baseball game quickly rose to a national level.

The Associated Press reports the controversy is similar to several others reported across the nation in recent years:

In December, two referees officiating a youth soccer match in Cooper City, Fla., ejected one team’s coach for giving instructions to Hispanic players in Spanish. In 2005, an umpire in Massachusetts was temporarily barred from officiating after he ordered a Little League team playing in a tournament to stop speaking Spanish.

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