Humboldt County Parent Alleged to Have Punched Boy in Face During Basketball Game; Didn’t Happen, Says Humboldt Coach
Police are investigating an alleged assault by the parent of a Humboldt County basketball player on a young member of the opposing team. According to Lt. Kerry Curtis of the Medford Police, a Humboldt County parent allegedly punched the boy in the face following an altercation between the player and the man’s son.
The Humboldt County team’s coach disputes that the assault occurred. According to Issac Gildea Coach of the Humboldt Wild players, “Absolutely, there was no punch thrown”
Lt. Curtis said the incident allegedly occurred at the Central Medford High School around 2:40 p.m. yesterday.
“It sounds like there was a fight between two opposing players,” Curtis said. One was from Humboldt Wild and according to the Mail Tribune, the other was from the Hidden Valley club travel basketball team.)
“One of the involved players’ father reportedly came down…and punched the opponent’s player and left the building,” Curtis said. Curtis confirmed that some sources said the adult struck the youth while the youth was lying on the floor. The man that allegedly punched the 14-year-old was a parent of a Humboldt County player, according to the Mail Tribune.
Lt. Curtis said that investigators had “talked to the suspect by phone.” The man “called us to provide his side of the story,” Curtis explained.
Curtis said the parent of the Humboldt Wild player said that he went down to the court to break up the fight but that he didn’t actually punch anybody.
Currently the Medford police are “hoping to get access to video” that they believe will shed light on the situation.
Humboldt Wild Coach, Isaac Gildea, said he witnessed the alleged incident and there was no punching. “What happened is there was a heated incident [between the teams]” he said. “One of my team was fouled multiple times. Punches were thrown from my team and their team. Parents came out of the stands…Multiple parents were sprinting onto the court.”
One of the parents, the alleged suspect, came down to the court. Gildea explained, “My parent was trying to get in the way…He tripped…Absolutely there was no punch thrown.”
We understand that the Humboldt Wild players went on to win the tournament but we have not been able to confirm that from a second source at this time.
Gildea said that he doesn’t want to confirm whether they won because “the game did not end the way it should have ended.” He said that after the game was completed “we sent our players…over to their team and shook their hands.”