Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Colorado Coach Allegedly Hit Boys in Groin With Basketballs

Excerpted from FOXNews.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A former high school basketball coach on trial on allegations of hitting players in the groin with basketballs, a clipboard and other objects took the stand Monday and called himself a fun-loving coach and that some players were lying.

Gregory Lynn Burr, 29, is charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and other counts. He is accused of hitting nine 14- to 16-year-old boys during the 2005-06 season at Monument Academy, a charter school in the Lewis-Palmer district.

Burr, smiling and laughing as he recalled some of the incidents, recalled four incidents in which he said he hit players in the groin accidentally.

4 times in one year? I can't recall 4 times in my life where I hit someone in the groin accidentally. This seems very suspicious.

Prosecutor Nan Scranton has said that one boy had to have surgery after he was hit several times in the groin.

A former player testified that a teammate writhed in agony for 15 minutes after Burr threw a tennis ball that struck him in the groin.

Oh yeah, really funny. If this is true, then this is juvenile bullying in the very least, and criminal assault to boot.

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