Mar 1, 2012
Referee hits coach during 2nd-grade basketball game

The Tennessean, Alexander Quinones

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120301/NEWS01/303010090/Referee-hits-coach-during-youth-basketball-game-claims-self-defense?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

A referee punched a coach on Sunday during a second-grade basketball game at Pope John Paul II High School, according to a Hendersonville Police Department report.

William “Dewayne” Dean was coaching a youth basketball game when he got into an argument with the referee, Ronnie Helton, a local middle school teacher. Helton gave Dean two technical fouls and kicked him out of the game, according to the report. The report further states that as Dean was leaving, he grabbed Helton and Helton pushed Dean away and punched him in the face.

Helton is a sixth-grade health teacher at T.W. Hunter Middle School. Dean is the husband of Stacia Dean, an assistant principal at Hendersonville High School.

After the fight, Stacia Dean and Helton went to police to file separate police reports. The officer who responded wrote in his report there were conflicting stories and advised Stacia Dean and Helton they could press charges if they wanted to pursue the matter further.

“Both Mrs. Dean and Helton stated they understood and that they would be filing charges, HPD officer Beau Barnett said in the report.

Also in the report, Helton said he punched William Dean in self-defense. Stacia Dean took her husband to the hospital to be treated.

Stacia Dean and Helton declined requests for comment. William Dean could not be reached for comment.

Sumner County Schools spokesman Jeremy Johnson dispelled the rumor that Helton was retiring early next week because of the incident.

He turned his retirement papers in about two months ago, he said. They actually named his replacement Thursday or Friday, so they named his replacement before the incident even happened.”

Johnson said the district did not plan to get involved because the incident involved a sports league not associated with the school system and the fight happened at a private school.

“It was an outside/off-campus incident in which he was not acting in an official Sumner Schools capacity, so there’s really nothing to look at, he said. There’s no reason for us to discipline him. He’s retiring next week anyway.”

Johnson said Helton had been with the school district since 1980.

Parents who were contacted by the (Hendersonville) Star News about the incident said they were appalled with the violence they witnessed but declined to comment because of affiliations to the school system and because they said they feared reprisals from the men involved.

The youth basketball league, Youth Play, is run through the athletics department at Pope John Paul II High School. Pope John Paul II Headmaster Faustin Weber has banned both men.

“We told both the coach and the referee they’re no longer allowed back in the gym for that behavior, Weber said.

The program was originally using the basketball court at Hendersonville Christian Academy before switching to Pope John Paul II.

Weber said he could hardly believe the fight took place.

It’s outrageous, just outrageous, he said.

, Ref Punches Coach During Youth Hoops Game

The Tennessean, Alexander Quinones

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120301/NEWS01/303010090/Referee-hits-coach-during-youth-basketball-game-claims-self-defense?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

A referee punched a coach on Sunday during a second-grade basketball game at Pope John Paul II High School, according to a Hendersonville Police Department report.

William Dewayne” Dean was coaching a youth basketball game when he got into an argument with the referee, Ronnie Helton, a local middle school teacher. Helton gave Dean two technical fouls and kicked him out of the game, according to the report. The report further states that as Dean was leaving, he grabbed Helton and Helton pushed Dean away and punched him in the face.

Helton is a sixth-grade health teacher at T.W. Hunter Middle School. Dean is the husband of Stacia Dean, an assistant principal at Hendersonville High School.

After the fight, Stacia Dean and Helton went to police to file separate police reports. The officer who responded wrote in his report there were conflicting stories and advised Stacia Dean and Helton they could press charges if they wanted to pursue the matter further.

“Both Mrs. Dean and Helton stated they understood and that they would be filing charges, HPD officer Beau Barnett said in the report.

Also in the report, Helton said he punched William Dean in self-defense. Stacia Dean took her husband to the hospital to be treated.

Stacia Dean and Helton declined requests for comment. William Dean could not be reached for comment.

Sumner County Schools spokesman Jeremy Johnson dispelled the rumor that Helton was retiring early next week because of the incident.

He turned his retirement papers in about two months ago, he said. They actually named his replacement Thursday or Friday, so they named his replacement before the incident even happened.”

Johnson said the district did not plan to get involved because the incident involved a sports league not associated with the school system and the fight happened at a private school.

“It was an outside/off-campus incident in which he was not acting in an official Sumner Schools capacity, so there’s really nothing to look at, he said. There’s no reason for us to discipline him. He’s retiring next week anyway.”

Johnson said Helton had been with the school district since 1980.

Parents who were contacted by the (Hendersonville) Star News about the incident said they were appalled with the violence they witnessed but declined to comment because of affiliations to the school system and because they said they feared reprisals from the men involved.

The youth basketball league, Youth Play, is run through the athletics department at Pope John Paul II High School. Pope John Paul II Headmaster Faustin Weber has banned both men.

“We told both the coach and the referee they’re no longer allowed back in the gym for that behavior, Weber said.

The program was originally using the basketball court at Hendersonville Christian Academy before switching to Pope John Paul II.

Weber said he could hardly believe the fight took place.

It’s outrageous, just outrageous, ” he said.






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