A longtime North Carolina baseball coach was suspended for a single game in connection with a truly strange incident in which he forced players who missed a team practice to spit in his face.
As reported by Hampton Roads NBC affiliate WAVY, Currituck County baseball coach Justin Hill forced nine of his varsity players to spit in his face after they missed a Friday practice. The incident occurred three days after the missed practice, when Hill allegedly told the players that their missed attendance was disrespectful to the team and himself, and that such behavior was akin to, well, you can guess what he equated it to.
You can guess what happened next. When the players returned home and complained about Hill’s actions, the school launched an investigation and suspended the coach for a single game. He’s now back on the bench, though the Currituck County School Board is investigating the incident and holds out the possibility of more stringent sanctions against the coach.
In the meantime, the larger Currituck community remains shocked that a trusted coach could have acted with such irascible indiscretion, with parents of team members calling the incident, “unbelievable,” when reached by WAVY.
Indeed, unbelievable seems to be an appropriate reaction.