The district attorney will not pursue the case against legendary Lincoln County football coach Larry Campbell, who was charged with simple battery last month, according to a statement from the office.
Campbell was arrested after an incident at a May 13 board of education meeting. According to a Lincolnton Police Department report, witnesses said Campbell grabbed Shaun Glass by the shirt after the man made disparaging remarks about the former coach’s son, Brian, the county’s superintendent. Campbell denied threatening to hurt or kill Glass, which was alleged in the report.
The district attorney’s office for the Toombs Judicial Circuit said in the statement that while Campbell did grab Glass’ shirt, there didn’t appear to be any physical injuries to either party.
Glass said he wasn’t the one who pressed charges and encouraged the district attorney to drop them.
“I think Mr. Campbell suffered enough,” Glass said. “For what it’s worth, it was a public situation. Things had to be done the way they were done, but Mr. Campbell reached out to me and was very apologetic. I was very much appreciative of that. He’s been a super person about it. You’ve got to be willing to accept apologies and forgive.”
The district attorney’s office also said in the statement that both parties wanted to dismiss the case and that Glass said he hasn’t been under any pressure to drop it. The office added the prosecuting officer, Gene Poss, had no objection to drop the case if Glass wanted to do so.
Campbell, 65, retired April 25 after 42 years as Lincoln County’s head coach. He won 11 state titles and retired with a state-record 477 wins.
“These two, they had a personal moment. Both apologized and I know the victim didn’t want it go any further,” said Vic Hawk, Campbell’s attorney. “Coach Campbell also didn’t want it to go any further. They didn’t want it to be a divisive force in the community.”