Lake Oswego coach faces charges for punching player
LAKE OSWEGO, OR (KPTV) -
Lake Oswego police said a volunteer high school football coach is facing assault and disorderly conduct charges for punching a player during practice.
Police said Michael James Cole, 28, hit a 17-year-old player on Tuesday at Lakeridge High School.
Neither police nor the school district released the player's identity, but the player's mother told FOX 12 that her son, Marqueese Royster, is the victim. She declined to comment further.
Royster, an African-American, talked to FOX 12 last year after being the target of racist tweets from anonymous Twitter accounts. That happened after he transferred from Lake Oswego High School to Lakeridge.
Lake Oswego police said the incident on Tuesday started after one player accused a defensive player, identified by his mother as Royster, of not covering a running back properly and that led to a shoving match.
Police said the defensive player was held back by some teammates, and Cole is accused of running up to him and punching him in the mouth. Another coach then reportedly kicked Cole off the field.
Police said the player's mother was at practice on Tuesday and called 911 after the incident.
Cole turned himself in to police and was arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct. The superintendent of Lake Oswego schools said Cole is a former basketball and football player at Lakeridge High, where he had a good conduct record. He also has no criminal history. The superintendent said Cole is suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
Cole was released from jail after posting bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 24 in Clackamas County Court.
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