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DA will not pursue case against former Lincoln County coach

Campbell accused of simple battery

Monday, June 9, 2014 4:22 PM
Last updated Tuesday, June 10, 2014 1:48 AM
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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.

Larry Campbell:  Head coach was arrested May 13 for battery.   JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Larry Campbell: Head coach was arrested May 13 for battery.

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.”

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/09/14 - 04:41 pm
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See, that's how real men kiss

See, that's how real men kiss and make up, instead of the girlieman society we are developing today.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 06/09/14 - 05:23 pm
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Good ol' boys..........
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That's how "justice" works in rural Georgia.

The DA knows the sheriff who knows Campbell so the Sheriff does a deal with the DA then has a word with the victim and tells Campbell that if he apologizes they'll forget the whole thing...................

You know how it goes.............

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 06/09/14 - 05:40 pm
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Class Act!

I have always thought of Coach Camp Campbell as a coach that showed Class. Now even though I do not know Glass I see he also did what he felt was best for the community and himself, another Class Act!

You two get the Lincoln County Award for Southern Manners!

bright idea
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bright idea 06/09/14 - 06:18 pm
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Maybe

this will set an example for the rest of Lincoln County and there will be more kissing/handshaking and making up.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/09/14 - 08:00 pm
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Don't understand...........

thumbs down on itsanotherday's comment. Maybe it was sarcastic but I would like to take it face value and say that the situation turned out as it should have!

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 06/09/14 - 08:57 pm
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Looks to me like

Looks to me like "who" you are DOES matter when it comes to the law. Had this been any Joe off the street, there would be charges. Favoritism at its finest!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/09/14 - 10:40 pm
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If you're a big man in a

If you're a big man in a small town you will ALWAYS skate.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/10/14 - 07:32 am
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Don't Be Picayune

Oh my goodness, he grabbed the guy's shirt is all. The man never pressed charges and wanted the matter dropped. What's there to complain about?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/10/14 - 07:40 am
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Headline on Other Page

The headline on the opening page online had me thinking something totally different. It said, "Coach's Battery Case Dropped." I was wondering if a local coach had lost some kind of electronic battery case or broke it and why that was news. Heh, one of those things that makes life interesting.

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Bizkit 06/10/14 - 10:18 am
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So all I have to do is

So all I have to do is apologize and all is forgiven?? Wow I send an email to Sterling so maybe he could try to keep his team.

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myfather15 06/10/14 - 02:59 pm
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I told you all when this

I told you all when this happened that this would be the outcome!! The was NOT domestic violence, so Glass HAD to be the one to prosecute for battery or assault. Now, if they police would have simply charged disorderly conduct, then THEY could be the ones to prosecute. But on simple assaults (Not related to domestic violence) the victims must prosecute.

The victim in this case is crawfishing, because someone "encouraged" him to do so.

And yes, it IS a crime to grab someones shirt, placing them in reasonable fear of receiving bodily injury; it's called simple assault at the least, simple battery at the most.

For the first time ever, I agree with two commentors at the same time that I never thought I would. GAD and Navy Gary are absolutely right!! A common joe would be prosecuted for this, pay a fine and get probation.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/10/14 - 03:23 pm
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Myfather, I respect your

Myfather, I respect your opinion as always, but I believe IN LINCOLN COUNTY a common Joe would have gotten the same deal. Small towns/counties are different.

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