Demetris Franklin, 48, and Daelyn Franklin, 18, were charged with third-degree assault Tuesday
A Doss High School senior basketball player and his father have been charged with assault after police say a post-game verbal spat over playing time turned physical.
Demetris Franklin, 48, and Daelyn Franklin, 18, were charged with third-degree assault Tuesday. Tony Williams, Doss High School head men’s basketball coach, filed a criminal complaint against the two following a Saturday away game against Trinity High School, 4011 Shelbyville Road.
The father and son confronted Williams about a lack of playing time as he was walking to the locker room, said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Col. Carl Yates.
Williams told police the verbal exchange turned physical when Demetris Franklin punched him in the face and Daelyn Franklin struck him, according to a St. Matthews Police Department police report.
Police noted in the report Williams refused medical attention for visible “minor injuries to his face scratches and abrasions.”
But Franklin and his son told police a different story when they reported the incident to police over the weekend. Demetris Franklin said he was beside his wife, talking with Daelyn when Williams “started to mouth off,” to his family, leading to the fight, according to a police report. He was told to leave without giving his side of the story, Demetris Franklin told police.
Daelyn Franklin said both his father and coach were physically restrained by others after the verbal altercation escalated, but that Williams struck his dad, who was still restrained, details a police report. Williams hit the student twice in the face when he grabbed the coach’s arm to stop him from hitting his father, Daelyn Franklin told police.
The father and son were arrested at the Hall of Justice Tuesday morning as they attempted to have Williams arrested, Yates said.
Yates said Tuesday he was not aware of any charges against Williams. Demetris and Daelyn Franklin are scheduled to be formally arraigned Wednesday and Friday, respectively. Both remained in jail as of mid-afternoon Tuesday, according to jail records.
Williams, a former University of Louisville basketball player, did not return a call for comment Tuesday. In addition to coaching, he works as a security guard at Doss, said Jefferson County Public Schools spokesman Ben Jackey.
The Doss Dragons next face the Ballard High School Bruins Wednesday, though Jackey could not say, citing student privacy, if the senior point guard is still on the roster. His $500 unsecured bond conditioned he stay 500 feet away from Williams.
Reporter Jason Frakes contributed to this story. Reporter Matthew Glowicki can be reached at (502) 582-4989. Follow him on Twitter at @MattGlo.