JV baseball coach charged with hitting player

By Sara Belsole

COLUMBUS, GA – Controversy has been brewing all weekend after a high school JV baseball brawl. It started between two players and ended with one of the coaches being charged.

Russell County High School JV Coach George “Michael” Garland is charged with simple assault.

He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon, but was granted a continuance because he says he didn't have enough time to find an attorney.

It all started Saturday during a game at Northside High School. Officials an interference call at home plate led to a fight between the catcher and batter and the benches cleared.

Parents of a 15-year-old Northside player allege Garland punched their son in the face several times during the fight.

The Russell County High School players and coaches are rallying behind Garland, saying they can't believe he would do anything like this.

NBC 38 spoke on the phone with Russell County Head Baseball Coach Tony Rasmus. He calls the assault claim “fantastical” and the whole situation “ridiculous.” He says Garland is the “ultimate pacifist.”

Parents of the 15-year-old did not return calls for comment.

Garland will now appear in court for his preliminary hearing April 8th.




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