Unruly Lacrosse Coach Charged

(WINDSOR, ON) – On Wednesday before 10:00pm, Windsor Police were called to a disturbance at Forest Glade Arena, shortly after the Windsor Clippers defeated the Wallaceburg Red Devils in an OJBLL lacrosse playoff game.

Officers arrived and were directed towards the area outside the dressing rooms. They took note of the large crowd which was still gathered near a temporary barricade separating the dressing room outer areas. Officers dispersed the crowd in what was described as a tense atmosphere.

Police were then informed that man had allegedly assaulted another man with a lacrosse stick. Police spoke to witnesses and reviewed video footage. They then located the victim, 18, and confirmed that he had suffered injuries due to the attack with the lacrosse stick.

The perpetrator, 30, was identified as a Wallaceburg coach and arrested at the arena without incident. He faces one count of assault with a weapon. The coach was released on a Promise to Appear with a future court date of August 1.

Windsor Police are reminding residents that competitive sports can often get emotional and intense, but fair play and competition should take place during the sporting event. Competitive sport often has a contact element involved with the players, but all spectators are still bound by the law when it comes to their actions.

(Video courtesy of CTV Windsor)

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