Basketball coaches get probation for play designed to injure heckler

Oct. 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM
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FRANKLIN, Tenn., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A suspended high school girls' basketball coach in Tennessee pleaded no contest for her part in a designing a play meant to injure a heckling spectator.

The cases of coach Angela Muir and her former assistant, Chloe Mayo, were settled Monday in Williamson County, Tenn., Circuit Court after a plea agreement reduced their charges to one count each of contributing to delinquency in a minor, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported.

Charges against Muir, coach at Summit High School in Spring Hill, Tenn., and Mayo stem from allegations of unsportsmanlike conduct in planning a play allowing a team member to throw the basketball at a student spectator who had been heckling her.

The spectator -- a former team member -- said she and the team member fought after the game and were suspended from school, court records show.

In the huddle before the play was performed, Muir told her team, "What is said in this huddle stays in the huddle," and after the game Muir said the spectator "got what she deserved," the newspaper said.

School officials were alerted after another team member told her parents of the ploy to injure the spectator, and detectives quoted in the indictment noted social media posts by the players showed division over the incident.

As part of the plea agreement, Muir will undergo anger management, write letters of apology, serve supervised probation and perform community service. Mayo's case was similarly retired, and will write apologies and perform community service.

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