Two Marshall Basketball Players Face Misdemeanor Battery Charge

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two Marshall University basketball players have been ordered to appear in court on a misdemeanor battery charge.

According to court documents, Deandre Kane and Shaquille Johnson have been summoned to appear in Cabell County Magistrate Court for their alleged involvement in an incident outside a 4th Avenue bar in Huntington following the Memphis basketball game last month.

In the complaint, the victim told police that he was standing in line outside a bar in the 1300 block of 4th Avenue when Kane and Johnson along with several other Marshall Basketball players began to cut the line pushing several people out of their way. The victim told them to quit pushing him.

The victim says that Johnson then grabbed him around the neck in a choke hold, while Kane and another player began to punch him several times, according to the criminal complaint.

The names of the other players were not released in the criminal complaint.

A court date to answer the summons has not been set for Kane and Johnson. has calls into the Sports Information Office at Marshall for a response.

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Marshall University Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Herrion have released the following joint statement in response to a misdemeanor charge being filed this afternoon against two Marshall University men’s basketball student-athletes:

“We take this matter very seriously, as we do all situations that involve our student-athletes. We have looked into this and are aware of the circumstances. We have every confidence in the legal system and we are allowing the legal process to take its course. These young men are innocent until proven guilty and we are treating them accordingly.”

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