No criminal charges, but season over after on-court fight at Iredell basketball game


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IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WSIC) – The season is over for the North Iredell High School men’s basketball team following a fight on the court at the February 15th game against East Rowan.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office says it investigated a report regarding a possible assault stemming from the fight, which was clearly recorded on video.  Those involved decided not to pursue criminal charges. According to the Sheriff’s Office, no one was involved outside of players from both teams. If new evidence is brought forward, additional investigation will take place.

One student was injured in the fight and was taken to a local hospital. The Sheriff’s Office describes the injury as non-life threatening.

A ruling by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association ejects the North Iredell and East Rowan teams from future play this season. Iredell-Statesville Schools says some of its student athletes at North Iredell will face individual consequences.

The following statement was issued by Superintendent Brady Johnson:

“We appreciate the thorough investigation conducted by the Iredell Sheriff’s office regarding the fight at the North Iredell High School men’s basketball game on Friday, February 15. While there have been no charges brought against individuals involved in the fight, please know that the school district will follow the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) policy regarding student play. Students involved in the fight are being held accountable for their actions. Based on the ruling of from the NCHSAA , the season ended for the North Iredell High School men’s basketball on Friday night. The team, along with the East Rowan team, was ejected from play.

“Additionally, there are specific consequences that some of our student athletes have received. In short, we are interested in athletics because we know that strong teams build character, camaraderie, and a solid work ethic. We are committed to building strong athletic programs across our district. We are committed to working with our Board of Education to evaluate our programs, our processes, and our employees. We are interested in continuous growth and improvement as it relates to our athletes and our fans across the Iredell-Statesville School District.”

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