Actually, it sounds like both father AND son were involved in the incident that took place at North Stanly High School (NC) following a game Friday night. So far, no one seems to know what provoked the attack (but usually these types of incidents are over a lack of playing time when dad thinks junior is a superstar and he ain’t), but it came following the game as coach Bobby Staley was cleaning up.
The real stupid part? The allegedly attacker/Father of the Year did it in front of a police officer who was working the game. As a result, Michael Todd Forrest faces assault charges and his son/superstar player, Logan, was charged with obstructing an officer during the incident. He has yet to show up back and school and will face disciplinary action when he does.
Here’s more from WSOC-TV (link includes video clip):
Deputies arrested Michael Todd Forrest on Friday night and charged him with assaulting his son’s coach, Bobby Staley, after a basketball game. They also charged 17-year-old Logan Forrest with obstructing an officer when he tried to intervene.” A parent and student basically attacked the fellow from behind,” said Dr. Samuel DePaul, Stanly County Schools superintendent. DePaul said he’s still not sure what led up to the attack that came as Staley was cleaning up after the game.
So, you’re a high school basketball player at Desoto High School in Arcadia, FL and get called for a technical foul in a game against rival Port Charlotte. Do you C) Pick up and slam the referee to the court to show him how unhappy you are with the call? If you picked C, then you are likely the player in the painful sports video below, yet another in a long line of incident showing that respect for officials and coaches by players at the high school level continues to deteriorate.
At least one news report is listing the ejected player as Mason Holland, but Desoto officials refuse to identify him publicly.
Bonus: Desoto ended up forfeiting the game as a result of this incident!
The things that cell phone videos catch these days. No doubt there have been coaches in the past who did things like that, but it was always hard to prove. Now, all some kid has to do is pull out a tiny cell phone, hit record and it’s all over but the lawsuit.
On the plus side, the coach admits he did it, in an attempt to “. . . save these young men from the destruction of self and what society has accepted and become silent to the issues our students are facing on a daily basis.”
Full story–and video–below from ESPN:
Three Murrah High School boys’ basketball players have sued their coach and the school system over alleged whippings. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Jackson by attorney Lisa Ross. Ross contends that a video clip shows a basketball player bent over as a man swings a belt, hitting him three times. The video was made available to media outlets in Jackson.
Ross said the man in the video, which was recorded on a cell phone, is boys’ basketball coach Marlon Dorsey. In the lawsuit, the unnamed players contend they were physically and verbally abused by Dorsey after running plays incorrectly, and were hit by a weight belt that weighed anywhere from five to 10 pounds.
Dorsey, who has admitted to what he calls “paddling” his players, has been on leave since late October. On Oct. 28, school and district officials met with about 30 parents about the matter, but there has been no official word from Jackson Public Schools on Dorsey’s status.