By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to the Trentonian, Lawrence youth football coach Bryan M. Carter has been charged with body-slamming a parent. He has been charged with fourth-degree simple assault from the incident that happened last Saturday.
While coaching a youth game at Central Park, he reportedly then-grabbed a 53-year-old man, who resides in Florence, NJ, by the chest and slammed him to the ground. This incident happened after a disturbance between players, coaches, and parents, according to the Lawrence Township Police on Friday.
Lawrence Police Detective David Burns signed a summons charging Carter with assault on Monday. He reportedly turned himself into the authorities on Wednesday.
He was then released pending a court date, the authorities said.
The incident reportedly happened at Elvin Bethea Field in Central Park, according to the newspaper. The field is named after NFL Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea, who played for the Houston Oilers from 1968 through 1983.
According to the paper, the summons alleged “Carter purposely and knowingly caused bodily injury to the victim at a school or community-sponsored youth sports event. He lifted the victim up and threw him to the ground, according to the allegations.”
Carter was a member of the Lawrence High School football team in 1999. According to police records, he has no prior criminal record, but could be facing up to 18 months in the slammer if he’s convicted.
One parent, Talaya Stevens, reportedly wrote on the organization’s Facebook page, according to the paper. However, according to Lawrence Junior Cardinal Football and Cheer, it has not been updated since October 13th.
“As a parent of a child on the 135 team, I would personally like to say THANK YOU to all of the coaches of each and every team,” Stevens said. “I’m sure as parents myself, included we haven’t said it enough. We know from August to November, you leave your jobs to come and coach our kids. You show them the fundamentals of what football, friendships, and brotherhood is all about. I know it’s been a rough week for the organization, but many of us, as parents, support you and we believe in you and what you have instilled in our boys. This shall pass and we will move on to be bigger and better than ever before.”
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