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Tony Rasmus discovered responsible of assaulting Russell County participant; Choose: Program is ‘Tradition of Abuse’

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WRBL) – One of the vital profitable highschool baseball coaches in Alabama was convicted late Monday afternoon of third-degree assault on one in every of his gamers throughout a recreation final season.

Suspended Russell County Coach Tony Rasmus was discovered responsible in a bench trial in entrance of District Court docket Choose Zack Collins. The decide didn’t sentence Rasmus to jail time, however did order a $500 fantastic and that the coach attend an anger administration course.

Rasmus’ lawyer Jim McKoon says he’ll attraction the decision.

Collins, who grew up in south Columbus and performed ball on the previous Baker Excessive College, was troubled by the testimony.

“There may be clearly a tradition of abuse in that program,” Collins stated earlier than he introduced the sentence.

Rasmus has had extra gamers drafted within the Main League Draft, together with two of his sons, than another coach in Alabama, however that doesn’t justify placing palms on a participant.

The participant Rasmus allegedly assaulted, who can’t be recognized as a result of he’s 16 and a minor, informed the decide that he was instantly yanked from a house recreation on Feb. 16 towards Rehobeth following an error.

The boy testified that assistant coach Cyle Rasmus, the pinnacle coach’s son, informed him he “sucked” in an expletive-filled method.

Wayne Cook dinner, an lively responsibility Military officer who has had three sons and one stepson play for Rasmus, informed the court docket he heard Cyle Rasmus inform the participant “You aren’t price a f—. Sit down.”

The boy stated he then returned to the bench, the place Tony Rasmsus confronted him.

In line with the boy, Tony Rasmus accused him of speaking again and grabbed him by the throat. The boy informed the court docket it lasted 10-15 second, that it damage and he couldn’t breathe.

Rasmus’s protection lawyer, Jim McKoon, requested the participant about conflicting statements he made to authorities.

The boy informed a Sheriff’s investigator he was choked. In an interview at a baby advocacy company, the boy stated his coach grabbed him by the chin and it damage.

Underneath direct cross examination, the boy informed the court docket he was choked.

Two former Russell County gamers informed the court docket the participant was choked by Tony Rasmus. One other participant and an assistant coach stated they didn’t see Rasmus contact the participant.

Cyle Rasmus didn’t testify.

Throughout his testimony, Tony Rasmus, who has coached 23 years on the faculty, stated he obtained between his son and the participant as a result of he thought it was about to get out of hand.

“Cyle can mouth off pretty much as good as anyone,” Tony Rasmus stated. “Cyle, it’s like he’s one of many children.”

The participant didn’t inform his mother and father. They have been knowledgeable the following day by the daddy of one other Russell County participant.

The boy’s father testified he tried to take care of Rasmus almost every week later. After that dialog, he informed the court docket he feared Rasmus would retaliate towards his son on the sector and with potential school recruiters. That’s why he filed assault fees.

The daddy informed the decide he was involved that Rasmus would retaliate towards his son and value him a school scholarship when the time got here. He stated he had talked to a former Rasmus participant who informed him Rasmus price his a scholarship to the College of Alabama.

Tony Rasmus was suspended following his arrest in early March and didn’t coach for the rest of the season. It’s unclear what the conviction will do to his employment standing.

Rasmus has two sons, Colby and Cory, play within the main leagues. All 4 of his sons performed skilled baseball.

Cook dinner informed the court docket gamers need to be mentally powerful to play for Rasmus, who admitted his employees is hard on gamers.

“Sooner or later, he was sure to run up on anyone who was going to say one thing, and he did,” the decide stated.

The participant who was assaulted has since transferred faculties. Tony Rasmus contended the boy needed to depart to be on the similar faculty as his girlfriend. Two gamers testified that Rasmus inspired his gamers to not have girlfriends, however did encourage them to have intercourse with women.

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