WEST LIBERTY COACH-PLAYERS ARRESTED FOLLOWING WIN - Charleston Police Quell 'Brawl' At Embassy Suites

(03/04/2013)

CHARLESTON GAZETTE - Charleston Police arrested the athletic director of West Liberty University at the Embassy Suites hotel on Saturday night, following the basketball team's conference championship win.

James Watson, 66, is charged with obstructing an officer and battery of an officer, according to Kim Blair, a former Putnam magistrate working in Kanawha on Sunday.

Watson's son, Brian, 28, of Wheeling, and several other athletes from West Liberty were also arrested and charged with misdemeanors.

Charleston Police Department Lt. Steve Cooper said security officers at the Embassy Suites called 911 for assistance because "they had lost control of the situation."

Police charged Brian Watson with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing on foot and obstructing an officer.

Tyler Tucci, 22, who plays football for the school, and Gabrielle Davis, 21, a volleyball player for West Liberty, according to the school's website, were both charged with obstructing. They were released on their own recognizance.

The Watsons posted bond Sunday morning, Blair said. Cooper said about 15 officers tried to calm down a crowd of nearly 200 in the hotel lobby.

"They smelled of liquor, were belligerent and aggressive toward police," Cooper said ...

Read more ...   West Liberty athletic director arrested in Charleston   by Kate White for the Charleston Gazette


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