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WF coach charged with assault in connection to death

10 August 2018

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamill Jones has been charged with assaulting a tourist in Queens, according to a police report obtained by Sports Illustrated.

Police arrested Jones, of Kernerville, North Carolina, on Thursday and charged him with third-degree assault.

Jones, who is an assistant basketball coach, is accused of punching Sandor Szabo, 35, outside a hotel in Long Island City last weekend, causing Szabo to fall, hit his head on the pavement and lose consciousness, NBC New York reported.

He was taken to a hospital and died on Tuesday.

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A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo may have been drunkenly banging on auto windows before Jones allegedly confronted him.

He now coaches at Wake Forest University. Szabo's brother said he thought Szabo may have mistaken an SUV for a cab, according to the New York Daily News. The investigation is ongoing.

Jones joined the Demon Deacons staff in May 2017 after coaching stints at Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast.

Wake Forest released a statement.

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A spokesman said Wake Forest had no immediate comment on the 35-year-old Jones' arrest.

Szabo was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", his digital marketing company, What If Media Group, wrote in a Facebook post.

Detectives told ABC New York station WABC-TV that Szabo had just left a family wedding, possibly while intoxicated, and was walking around banging on cars until he then pounded on Jones' SUV.

"His handsome spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said in the Facebook post.

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WF coach charged with assault in connection to death