"Right in the middle of 10 kids, refs, all these other people in there,'' Hatcher said, "he grabs me and jerks me away. I didn't know who it was. He could have been a fireman, police officer from Charleston, anybody. I was caught totally off guard they were on the floor.
"I don't believe I pushed him. I jerked my arm away from him. I probably said something to him. I didn't do anything violent toward anybody.
"In 20 years of coaching, I've seen a lot of fights happen, but I've never seen cops on the floor unless there were fans on the floor and not just players. My No. 1 responsibility is my kids, and that's the only thing I was doing, following the new rule.''
Hatcher, who was allowed to finish the game on the bench, was taken into custody afterward and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery on a police offer. He was free on bond.
At least one local television station led its 6 p.m. Sunday newscast with Hatcher's arrest, though with one glaring inaccuracy, saying Hatcher was "behind bars" after the incident.
Hatcher acknowledged he was arrested and appeared before a magistrate, but not jailed. A hearing will be scheduled in his case.
As of early Sunday evening, Hatcher said he had yet to talk to administrators at Logan High School or to the SSAC about a possible suspension. He was still hoping to view video of the incident to corroborate his claims.
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