One of the nation's most prominent AAU basketball coaches has been charged with an ugly assault incident after he and two other men allegedly attacked a fellow AAU coach in a hallway outside an AAU event in Maryland in late February.
As reported by the Washington Post, D.C. Assault head coach Curtis Malone, the man who helped launch the high profile prep careers of NBA stars Michael Beasley and Jeff Green (not to mention Keith Bogans, Nolan Smith and Andris Biedrins), has been charged with second-degree assault in connection with an attack on Steve DePollar, a fellow AAU coach from Bethesda, Md.
According to reports gleaned in part from 911 calls made by DePollar immediately after the assault, Malone and two others punched and kicked the Bethesda 39-year-old until he fell to the ground and assumed a fetal position. DePollar claims that still didn't stop the attack, with Malone and a man named Joseph Brown continuing to pound him continuously for around 90 seconds, all while DePollar's son and other teenagers looked on from the hallway.
"Malone appeared out of nowhere [and] struck me as I fell to the ground," the elder DePollar told police, according to the Post. "They continued to strike me in the head and body with kicks and punches as I balled in fetal position. All this took place in front of several people and kids who were playing a basketball game.
"I wondered when it would end. . . . It seemed much longer. I feared for my family and myself."
The alleged assault, which took place at Oxon Hill (Md.) High, was apparently sparked by a long running feud between Malone and DePollar regarding promising middle school player Joseph Hampton, who is Brown's son. Hampton originally played for DePollar's summer basketball program, Force One, and was a frequent guest of the DePollar home until he left to join D.C. Assault in 2011.
Evidently, the acrimony between the two men led to the terrifying encounter at Oxon Hill. DePollar has since taken out a restraining order against Malone, which was granted.
Where the legal situation goes from this point remains to be seen. Regardless of whether DePollar attempts to press further charges against Malone, the incident could paint a stain on Malone's reputation in the ever-influential AAU basketball circuit.