Colorado HS girls’ coach will not be charged for throwing his own player to the ground by her hair
A high school basketball player in Lakewood, Colorado is criticizing her school for not disciplining her coach after he threw her to the ground by her hair during a recent game, KMGH-TV reported.
“I was just shocked,” Areeon Frilot said. “I can’t believe that the one person I trusted out of everybody in school was the one to do that to me.”
Frilot, a sophomore at Arvada High, was kicked off the team and suspended for five days after leaving the bench during a fight between players from her team and Alameda High School. Video taken at the game shows her coach, Roger Griffin, grabbing her by the hair and throwing her down. Frilot said she left the bench to help break up the altercation.
The Jefferson County District Attorney’s office told Frilot’s mother, Melissa Martinez, they would not file charges in connection with the incident. KMGH reported that, because Griffith does not face charges, the local school district will not take action against him.
Martinez said she confronted Griffith after the game.
“There was no, ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to, it was an accident,'” she said. “He was just as angry as I was. Like I had assaulted his child.”
Frilot said Griffith had warned players not to leave the bench, since a fight broke out between Arvada and Alameda players last season. Frilot admitted to being involved in that fight, as well as another one in school this year.
“I just got no respect at all from the administration,” she told KMGH. “None of them even asked if I was OK the next day, like they were all just pointing fingers, making themselves look like the better person.”
Watch KMGH’s report, as aired on Friday, below.