Video shows Mississippi coach plead with police

CINCINNATI (AP) - A newly released police video shows Mississippi basketball coach Andy Kennedy pleading with an officer before his arrest on an assault charge.

Kennedy was arrested in downtown Cincinnati on Dec. 18 after a taxi driver said Kennedy hit him and used racial slurs.

On the video, an officer warned Kennedy to do what police say.

"You turn on me one more time, I'm going to start making some more charges. Do you understand me?" an unidentified police officer told Kennedy .

Kennedy told an officer that he was formerly the University of Cincinnati head coach and was in town to play "Louisville and Rick Pitino" on national television. The officer told Kennedy he didn't want to talk with him. Kennedy told police on the video that he had a verbal altercation about how many people could ride in the cab, and that it "makes no sense" to arrest him.

Later, Kennedy told police: "I'm begging you ... this is a major deal, man."

Kennedy added: "This is going to be a national incident, sir."

An officer responded: "You think we've never arrested somebody that's made national media? ... We deal with the Bengals all the time."

A couple years ago, the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals had nine players arrested on various charges in a one-year span.

Kennedy's attorney, Mike Allen, says the dash cam will only help his client.

"What it shows is Coach Kennedy being cooperative with police," said Allen. "He's polite. You see a lot of, 'Yes, sir. No, sir."

Kennedy has denied the cab driver's allegations and faces trial April 20. Taxi driver Mohamed Moctar Ould Jiddou told police that Kennedy punched him in the face and called him "(Osama) bin Laden" and other derogatory terms during a dispute over how many passengers were allowed in his taxi.

Kennedy faces a first-degree misdemeanor count of assault, which would carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail if convicted. The charge has triggered civil lawsuits on both sides. Kennedy charges defamation and "loss of consortium" with his wife; Jiddou seeks civil damages from Kennedy for the alleged assault and accuses the coach of filing a frivolous lawsuit.

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with additional reporting by FOX19's Corey McConnell