Coalfield High School baseball player arrested, team suspended a

Coalfield High School baseball player arrested, team suspended after incident at game

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A Coalfield High School baseball player was arrested and punishment levied against the entire team by the TSSAA after punching an umpire at a game Friday night against Wartburg Central. (source: Facebook) A Coalfield High School baseball player was arrested and punishment levied against the entire team by the TSSAA after punching an umpire at a game Friday night against Wartburg Central. (source: Facebook)
Brent Keener (source: Morgan County Sheriff's Office) Brent Keener (source: Morgan County Sheriff's Office)
WARTBURG (WATE) - A Coalfield High School baseball player was arrested and punishment levied against the entire team by the TSSAA after punching an umpire at a game Friday night against Wartburg Central. The incident was caught on video and posted to Facebook.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association says it reviewed the video with Coalfield Principal David Treece and Athletic Director Shawn Bassler.

The video shows two Coalfield assistant coaches confronting the umpires after the game. Coalfield's head coach then places his hand on a game official in an attempt to get him off the field and away from the dugout area. Under regulations, game officials are not to be contacted physically, regardless of situation.

Player Brent Keener, 18, is seen physically assaulting an umpire after the game. Keener's mother is also seen verbally attacking the official.

Coalfield's administration offered self-imposed penalties resulting from the incident. Keener was dismissed from the team. He was then arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault. He was later released on bond.

The team also agreed to forfeit district games with Oneida that were scheduled on April 21 and 22, to hold a parent meeting with administration prior to the next game, and to force coaching staff and the team to take a course in sportsmanship before they can resume practice.

The TSSAA accepted the action taken by the school, but added its own punishments. The team is suspended from any regular season game for the rest of the 2014 season and will be placed on restrictive probation for two calendar years. The school is also being fined $3,000.

During the period of restrictive probation, the baseball team will not be allowed to enter the post season baseball tournament or receive any award recognizing their finish in the regular season.
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