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Greenbrier superintendent speaks on b-ball controversy

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(Lewisburg) WVVA - Greenbrier County School Superintendent is eager to put controversy in the rear view after an altercation between a Greenbrier East fan and Woodrow Wilson basketball coaches at a game last Tuesday at Greenbrier East High School.

Superintendent Bryant commended Greenbrier East athletes saying, "Our student athletes, the girls' basketball team, stayed on their side of the floor in their bench area. They did not get involved. So, they need to be commended."

Superintendent Bryant said athletic directors at both schools are still deciding if Greenbrier East fan Stephen Damon will be able to attend future basketball games. Regarding Woodrow Wilson coaches, a statement from the Woodrow Wilson principal showed support saying in part, "At no time did the assistant coach engage in a physical altercation with the opposing fan."

As for remarks referring to the opposing team as ‘thugs’, made by Greenbrier East coach Governor Jim Justice, Superintendent Bryant echoed the governor’s apology saying the remarks were not intended to be racially derogatory and, considering the governor’s role as Coach Justice, the issue has become a personnel matter. Adding, there will be no special treatment given to Justice because of his role as governor.

The regular girls basketball season ends this week with each team playing its last regular season game—not against each other. It is possible the two teams could meet again in the sectional playoffs next week.

As a result of the incident, six Woodrow Wilson players were suspended for two games. Eugene Nabors was cited by the West Virginia State Police for obstructing an officer. Donte Nabors was cited for disorderly conduct and for obstructing an officer. WVSSAC cleared Eugene Nabors of any suspensions or punishment. Greenbrier East fan Stephen Damon was cited by the West Virginia State Police for disorderly conduct. You can read more about those charges here.

Haley Brown

Multimedia Journalist

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