A high school basketball coach in Texas endured a serious physical assault after he benched a player during a game for unsportsmanlike conduct.
On the evening of December 5, the boys’ basketball team from Willis High School in Willis, Texas — a city of fewer than 6,500 residents about 45 miles north of Houston — traveled to nearby Conroe for a game. During the competition, one of the team’s coaches sent 17-year-old Jevin Allen to the bench for inappropriate behavior toward a member of the opposing team.
That punishment apparently did not sit well with Allen or his family. The coach later told police that when the team returned to the high school following the game, Allen and members of his family were waiting for him in the parking lot. The coach initially went into the school, possibly to wait out the storm. But when he exited the building, he found the group still waiting for him, he later claimed.
Some members of Allen’s family confronted the coach, and a verbal altercation ensued. That verbal altercation then segued into a full-on physical assault when Allen allegedly decked the coach in the face. Other members of Allen’s family reportedly jumped in to attack the coach as well.
Another coach and several bystanders soon intervened and broke the fight up — and the coach is likely grateful for their assistance. He reportedly sustained injuries to his head, neck, face, and arms and is currently recovering.
After the other coach and bystanders stepped in, Allen and his 22-year-old brother, Jarrick Allen, supposedly fled the scene, but surveillance footage and subsequent interviews with witnesses eventually led to their capture. Both young men were charged with assault on a public servant and taken to Montgomery County Jail, but their stay there was brief. They were released after each paid a bond of $23,000.
A statement from Willis Independent School District confirmed the attack and also indicated that Jevin Allen will no longer be attending the high school. “The investigation is ongoing, but we did determine that the student’s address was no longer valid, so he has been withdrawn from the district,” the statement read. “We are deeply saddened by this incident and will not tolerate this behavior from students.”
According to the Willis High School website, the boys’ basketball team head coach is Jeremy Clark, while Eddie Davis, Colton Cleveland, and Nicholas Hull all serve as assistants. The name of the coach who was victimized in the attack has not been released.
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