Assault Charge Against Howard County Football Coach Dropped

Coach Faced Assault of Charge after On-Field Altercation

In the aftermath of an on-field melee between the Mt. Hebron and Centennial football teams during the first quarter of a game on September 21, an assistant coach faced charges filed by the father of a Mt. Hebron quarterback. The father alleged that the defendant violently pushed his son to the ground, causing a “severe fracture” of the player’s right wrist, according to The Baltimore Sun. The assistant coach denied that he engaged in any aggressive behavior, saying that he acted defensively to try to keep a fight from escalating.

According to reports, a fight broke out near the end of the first quarter, as players from both teams started throwing punches. The accused admitted going onto the field in an attempt to break up the fight, but adamantly denied committing an assault.

On December 3, 2013, the assault charges against the coach were dismissed after the Howard County State’s Attorney conducted an investigation and concluded that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute, reported The Baltimore Sun.

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