LINCOLNTON – A West Lincoln High School basketball coach is facing misdemeanor charges after assaulting a fan following a basketball game Tuesday night.
Deputy S. W. Edwards was working security at the basketball game between West Lincoln and Newton Conover when around 8:30 p.m. he heard a fan yell at coach Chadwick Rock Wright, 48, of Hickory as he was leaving the floor following the game. Deputy Edwards reported that one individual in a group of about five or six people raised his hand and stated he made the remark.
At that point Coach Wright ran into the stands and struck the man in the head area. The man and the coach began wrestling around in the stands. A female then began taunting the coach and was pulled into the affray. Deputies were able to get Coach Wright in custody. He was transported to the Magistrate’s Office where he was charged with one misdemeanor count each of assault on a female, simple assault and battery, and disorderly conduct. He was released on a $1,500 secured bond.
When contacted for a comment, administrative staff with the Lincoln County Schools District said that, “it’s an active personnel matter that we are currently looking into and cannot comment at this time.”