LEWISBURG, W.Va (WVVA) - Tuesday night's basketball game between Greenbrier East and Woodrow Wilson was suspended just minutes into the fourth quarter after an altercation between a fan and an assistant coach on the Woodrow Wilson team, that’s according to eyewitnesses.
According to West Virginia State Police, Eugene Nabors, the assistant basketball coach at Woodrow Wilson, was cited for obstruction of justice following the altercation. The incident remains under investigation by the West Virginia State Police. More charges could be filed.
But the fallout has extended all the way to Governor Justice for a statement he made to a Register-Herald reporter calling the Woodrow Wilson girls basketball team "thugs".
Governor Justice, coach of the Greenbrier East girls basketball team, released the following statement regarding his use of the word: "My definition of a thug is clear – it means violence, bullying, and disorderly conduct. And we, as West Virginians, should have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior. Anyone that would accuse me of making a racial slur is totally absurd. I’m extremely proud that my coaches, my team, and myself were not involved in this incident in any way, shape, form, or fashion and I'm truly saddened that the Woodrow kids had to be subjected to this behavior.”
The Greenbrier County Board of Education said it has no comment while the investigation is ongoing.
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