Man accused of attacking 12-year-old girl at basketball game
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man who served as an assistant coach of a girls basketball team will have to appear in court after being accused of assaulting a 12-year-old girl on an opposing team.
According to court documents, it happened on Sunday, May 6, at the MidAmerica Sports Center on Watterson Trail, near Bluegrass Parkway, during an AAU matchup between the Louisville Lady Legends and the Jeffersonville 'Lil Devils.
"During a basketball game, there was a physical altercation between at least two players of opposing teams," police say.
That's when 39-year-old Adrian L. Franklin, an assistant coach for the Jeffersonville 'Lil Devils, allegedly ran onto the floor and "intentionally" kicked a 12-year-old girl -- a player on the opposing team -- in the head.
Police say her head struck the floor and she was knocked unconscious.
Jeffersontown Police were called to the gym, but by the time they got there, Franklin had run away.
The girl -- whose name WDRB News is withholding -- suffered a concussion and was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital. She was treated and released.
Police say they later questioned Franklin about the incident and he admitted to being involved.
He is now facing an assault charge.
Initially, police said they were receiving conflicting reports. Several said a fight broke out among players and Franklin accidentally injured the girl when he stepped in to break it up. Other reports indicated that the coach intentionally kicked her in the head.
WDRB News spoke with Franklin's wife -- who would not go on camera -- who said the reason Franklin got involved was because her daughter had been hurt in the game. His attorney would not go on camera, but said that Franklin is cooperating with the investigation and the case will play itself out in court.
Jaye Collins, director of the Lady Legends, says he witnessed the alleged attack and says his own daughter was traumatized by it.
"I couldn't believe my eyes," he said. "I couldn't believe it was happening. It's something that you hear about on YouTube, or somewhere else. Not here not Louisville. For an adult to do that to a child...we were all stunned."
He told WDRB News that parents of children from both teams chased Franklin out of the building when it happened.
He added that the victim suffered memory loss after the event.
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