A suburban Chicago boys basketball coach, who also works as a security guard at the school, has been suspended with pay during an ongoing investigation into an incident in which he alleged choked a student in the school’s hallways.
Proviso East boys basketball coach Donny Boyce is being forced away from coaching his team and from his role as a guard while school district officials investigate claims made by Nikerrah Walker, a junior at the school who alleges she was choked by Boyce when he intervened in an argument between Walker and a fellow student.
Walker has since decided to transfer from the school and has been away at home since the incident. She told Chicago ABC affiliate WLS that she fears she will be persecuted by Boyce’s supporters if she returns to the school.
Meanwhile, cell phone video of the incident has made its way to television and internet, and appears to show Boyce clearly restraining the teen with his hands near or directly around her neck.
Boyce was a collegiate star at Colorado and was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, for whom he competed for two years. As a coach at Proviso East he led the program to the state finals in 2011-12 and the state semifinals in 2012-13, both times eliminated by a Jabari Parker-led Simeon High squad.
There has been no word on any timetable related to any potential dismissal or return to the school for Boyce. In the meantime, the team’s assistant coach, Cedric McCullough, will be expected to lead the Pirates on the court.