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Warren County says text messages threatened players

Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 1:54 PM
Last updated Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 2:46 AM
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A brawl that seriously injured a Warren County coach after a high school football game this month was precipitated by threatening text messages to student athletes from a rival coach, Warren school officials said.

In a letter dated Oct. 20 to Judge William A. Prior Jr., the chief judge of Ocmulgee Ju­dicial Court, Warren County school board mem­bers allege that Hancock Central assistant football coach Marleau Blount – who had been Warren County’s coach entering this season before he resigned for having players participate before completing physicals – sent “vulgar and inappropriate text messages” to Screaming Devils players during the week leading up to the Oct. 14 game.

The letter – sent from an Atlanta law firm on behalf of Warren County schools – also said Hancock County law enforcement officials targeted only Warren County people with pepper spray and were confrontational when asked for help by Warren County Principal Kaveous Preston.

The letter states that after the altercation, which resulted in serious injuries to Warren County coach David Daniel’s head, Blount sent texts saying Warren County started things. It is alleged that Warren County players went to Hancock Central’s game the week before – the Screaming Devils had no game – and were openly cheering for the Bulldogs’ opponent, Washington-Wilkes.

Reached by phone Friday, Blount said he has heard about the allegations made against him.

“I don’t know how they think that,” he said. “I’ve been asked not to say anything. I’ll let the investigation go as proceeded.

“I hate it for both of those teams.”

The letter, which was put together asking for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into the incident, is dated the same day the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to assist.

In the letter, Blount is accused of sending texts reading, “Rite [sic] keep yo [sic] ass in wc [Warren County] this weekend” and “Better stay yo [sic] stupid ass in wc [Warren County], B4 [sic] some1 [sic] get really hurt.”

Also in the letter, Warren County said it was told before the game that about 12 officers from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and city of Sparta police would be at the game. Warren County made plans to have players escorted immediately after the game’s conclusion to the locker room and then to the buses for the return to Warren County. Those plans were shared with Hancock County officials.

When Preston asked for the buses to be parked closer to the visitors’ locker room, a Hancock County law enforcement officer refused but told him, “We will keep things under control.”

After the game, the letter continues, about 30 Hancock Central players and others gathered near the visitors’ locker room, which was locked. After taunts from Hancock Central players and “Hancock students rushing several Warren County players,” Hancock County law enforcement officials got between the two groups as Warren County players defended themselves.

It was at this time, the letter states, that Warren County supporters were pepper-sprayed and Hancock Central players began to “throw helmets” at Warren County students. More pepper spray was used on Warren County, and law enforcement officers threatened to arrest Warren County people.

During the disturbance, a Warren County player was sprayed, and as he fell to his knees, a Hancock Central player used his helmet to hit him on the back of the head, giving the player a concussion. When Daniel tried to intervene, he was hit.

A Warren County player is quoted in the letter as saying, “They [Hancock County law enforcement] didn’t spray Hancock players who [were] jumping on our coach[.]
[T]hey just sprayed me”.

After Warren County got into its locker room, Preston introduced himself to members of law enforcement and asked for help getting the buses closer so the team could leave without any more issues. A Hancock County deputy said he didn’t care who Preston was, the letter stated, and both the deputy and Glenn Ingram, the chief of the Hancock County Board of Education Police Department, drew batons and swore at Preston.

The situation is still un­der investigation, and Han­cock County school Super­intendent Gwendolyn Jeffer­son Reeves said a news conference is planned when it’s complete. Reeves said there will be a meeting Nov. 3, when the Hancock County community will discuss how it will move forward.

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bdouglas
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bdouglas 10/28/11 - 02:16 pm
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The plot thickens...

The plot thickens...

curly123053
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curly123053 10/28/11 - 02:44 pm
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I wish the Augusta Chronicle

I wish the Augusta Chronicle will stop referring to this crime as a "brawl"! This was nothing more than an assault against the Warren County team. A brawl is what occurs during a game. This assault occurred after the teams had left the field. It's sad to see the lack of justice and credible law enforcement in Hancock County!

j-campbell
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j-campbell 10/28/11 - 02:51 pm
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Hancock County went to hell

Hancock County went to hell over 25 years ago, and nothing has gotten better since then.

whatmistake
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whatmistake 10/28/11 - 03:10 pm
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What an articulate spokesman

What an articulate spokesman for the public education system Mr. Blount appears to be. The folks in Warren and Hancock counties should be so proud of his contributions to the welfare of their children.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 10/28/11 - 09:16 pm
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Disgusting, besides criminal

Disgusting, besides criminal charges, I hope we see some civil ones as well.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 10/29/11 - 04:06 am
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If the above allegations are

If the above allegations are true and can be proved:

1. Fire Coach Blount and have his teaching certificate removed.

2. Fire Campus Police Chief Glenn Ingram, have is POST certification revoked and look into civil rights violations/charges against the chief.

3. Fire the deputy who refused to assist and drew a baton againt a coach asking for help, have the deputies POST certification revoked and look into possible charges against the deputy.

4. Leadership starts at the top and the Sheriff is a joke. His deputies failed to properly act, be pro-active, etc. and until under threat, the Sheriff failed to act as well and refused to bring in the GBI. The Sheriff needs to be voted out of office or removed from office by the Governor.

5. All players involved, but especially the one who hit a coach with a helmet need to be suspended, arrested and dealt with accordingly to include civil actions against them.

LemonJello
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LemonJello 10/29/11 - 08:22 am
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Coach Blount should be

Coach Blount should be arrested, lose his certificate and never work with kids again. Hancock County law enforcement should fire anyone involved as well. Perhaps their football program should get the boot for a few years too. These people are animals, and should be treated as such. If this is what those rejects think is sportsmanship, they could use a few lessons.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/29/11 - 09:03 am
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I believe a lot of things are

I believe a lot of things are unclear at this time and the investigation needs to run its course. One big negative for Warren County is that you always have to obey law enforcement and sort matters out later if you have a complaint. Then I've heard about that the coach who was hurt threw a helmet hitting a Hancock player after he helped his player in a fight. That's when it was said he was hit, in retaliation. I really don't know, but football fights are chaotic.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 10/29/11 - 10:34 am
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And this guy was a paid
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And this guy was a paid coach? Does anybody do background checks on these people, or is it a case of, "Its not WHAT you know, its WHO you know."?

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 10/29/11 - 10:57 am
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Sure riverman the
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Sure riverman the investigation isn't finished yet but the guilt begins with the locked rooms for the visiting team. The superintendent of Hancock Schools appears to be sitting back and doing nothing. First order should have been to remove Blount from any school activities until the investigation is finished. Second would have been to cancel all home games until the end of the investigation AND proper security is in place with specific guidelines as to how sheriff's deputies were to do their job.

Third the fact that the Sheriff didn't do anything for a few days is a complete admission of guilt. Not calling the state authorities was not only wrong but stupid considering the type of issues. He should resign but he won't. He's not smart enough to do that.

Yes there may be guilt on Warren County's side but just by what we already know would convict Hancock County of a committed crime.

raul
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raul 10/29/11 - 11:00 am
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“I’ve been asked not to say

“I’ve been asked not to say anything. I’ll let the investigation go as proceeded.......Huh?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/29/11 - 11:10 am
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I often comment on cases

I often comment on cases before the investigation is over and I don't fault many of y'all for presenting your opinion here. Nothing wrong with that.

But remember their sheriff is a constitutionally elected officer. Because he didn't ask for the GBI for three days is hardly an admission of guilt. I mean it could be you guys are entirely right they way you are presenting things, but there are a lot of factors involved, including disobeying police officers and if the injured coach first threw a helmet hitting a player before he was struck. Those are two main questions that have to be answered. As usual I'll go against the emotional grain and see what happens on this one.

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 10/29/11 - 01:43 pm
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Unlike the opinion of others
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Unlike the opinion of others here we are both entitled to our opinion.

soldout
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soldout 10/30/11 - 09:56 pm
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Teach people they came from

Teach people they came from animals instead of a loving God and this is what you get. Is anyone really surprised? Without God everything falls apart like a two dollar suitcase.

Vito45
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Vito45 10/30/11 - 10:29 pm
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It is a lot deeper than that

It is a lot deeper than that soldout. It is a multifaceted issue with origins directly related to welfare IMO. Since we have started enabling women to have children without benefit of a father in the picture, we have paved this path. They have more, we pay more; so they keep having more without benefit of a family structure that instills discipline and a sense of community and belonging. The alternative is to embrace the street and whatever base instincts tell you to do.

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 10/31/11 - 05:25 am
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Education doesn't always
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Education doesn't always overcome stupid.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/31/11 - 01:43 pm
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Vito & Soldout, ditto &

Vito & Soldout, ditto & ditto, Not only what you said, Vito, about the role men have in the family, but IF women understood the God given power and influence they hold over their husbands, WOW!!!, what a difference that would make in the divorce rate.

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