Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach charged with assaulting tourist

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach charged with assaulting tourist

Jones, 35, of Kernerville, North Carolina, was arrested Thursday.

An assistant coach for the Wake Forest men's basketball team has been charged with assault after police say he punched a man in New York City.

Police said 35-year-old Sandor Szabo was punched in the face Sunday on 29th Street near 41st Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.

The man fell to the pavement and hit his head. He was ordered to return to court on October 2.

Wake Forest basketball spokesman Steve Kirkland emailed a statement to The News & Observer Thursday night that said, "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information".

A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo may have been drunkenly banging on vehicle windows before Jones allegedly confronted him. "We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter". He was treated for fractures to the left side of his face and the rear of his skull, along with bleeding of the brain. His family has said he was looking for his ride. He was placed on life support and later died. One of its assistants has reportedly been charged in an attack on a NY tourist who later died.

According to Jones' biography page on the Wake Forest website, he coached college basketball at Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and Virginia Commonwealth before coming to Wake Forest. Jones started his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Team Takeover AAU program after graduating from Arkansas Tech in 2008.

Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning said at the time that Jones was a "well-respected bright mind" in the coaching world and brought "new blood" and "new perspectives" to Wake Forest.

"We're going to say one thing and that's all".

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