Morehead State basketball coach accused of head-butting player

On Tuesday, Morehead State basketball coach Sean Woods was charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly assaulting players Malik Maitland and Soufiyane Diakite last month.

A day later, a father of one of those player told ESPN.com that Woods allegedly head-butted their son.

Edson Maitland, father of Malik Maitland, alleged that Woods head-butted Malik late last season. Woods reportedly apolized to the player for the incident and vowed it would never happen again, but that obviously wasn’t the case after Woods back-handed Maitland in the chest during a game last month.

A statement to ESPN from Maitland’s father can be read below:

“We are very, extremely disappointed in coach Woods. He came into our home and violated our trust, the trust that we put in him as a coach. Not only did we ask him to coach our son, but to treat our son just as he would treat his own son. He was reckless with willful intention in his action toward my son, inflicting such a pain on him.

“This is not the first time he violated our trust because last year, during the season, he head-butted my son and turned around and asked him to forgive him, and he apologized, and my son accepted his apology, and [he] said he would never do it again. And as for the school, I’m still waiting for a response from them and to take corrective action and appropriate action without any form of a delay, saying they’re still investigating. And as for all the assistants that are there working, I’m appalled, because they are an extension of Coach Woods, and I think the NCAA should step in and take appropriate action.”

Edson Maitland added that he hopes Morehead State terminates Woods and that the head coach is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

The university released a very brief statement on the latest accusations Wednesday, simply stating, “Once completed, further comment may be made at that time.”

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