Atlanta Coach Accused Of Biting Rival Coach’s Face
A high school basketball coach in suburban Atlanta is accused of assaulting another coach during a game between two rival schools. Melonie Joyce Martin, who coaches the girls basketball team of South Cobb High School, allegedly attacked Tyrone Harris, who is the coach of Campbell High School. According to reports, she bit Harris on the face, more specifically his nose and his eye.
South Cobb lost to Campbell, which may be one of the reasons for Ms. Martin’s violent attack on the opposing team’s coach. Martin is denying everything, saying that at no point did she even touch the other coach or threaten his safety. She basically says Harris made everything up.
In addition to biting, Martin is accused of making violent threats to Harris, which included telling him she would stomp him and knock his teeth out.
Martin’s lawyer, S. Carlton Rouse, says that since the incident, the coach has done nothing but deny everything and is ready to contest the accusations in court. He also says that Martin is well aware of the real motivation behind Harris’ accusations and would like to explain them in great detail, but following her lawyer’s advice, she will save it for the courtroom.
The coach is also accused of throwing a chair at Harris. She was charged with simple battery and terroristic acts and threats. For now, South Cobb High School officials are remaining silent about the face-biting incident and about whether Martin will continue to coach their girls basketball team.