Wake assistant Jones on leave after assault charges filed
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Wake Forest assistant basketball coach Jamill Jones has been placed on leave after being charged in New York with third-degree assault in connection with the death of a 35-year-old Florida man.
Athletic director Ron Wellman and Jones talked on Friday and agreed to this decision, according to the school.
On Friday, the New York City medical examiner ruled that Sandor Szabo died as the result of a homicide, listing the official cause of death as "blunt impact injury of head with brain injury."
"Wake Forest University expresses heartfelt condolences to Sandor Szabo's family and friends following his tragic death," the school said in a statement.
Jones turned himself in to police Thursday afternoon and was released on his own recognizance after an arraignment. He could have the charges against him upgraded as police continue to investigate.
Jones is due back in court on Oct. 2.
Jones allegedly punched Szabo in the face early Sunday morning after Szabo knocked on Jones' car window thinking it was his Uber ride, according to police. As a result of the punch, Szabo's head hit the pavement, and he lost consciousness. Brought to a local hospital in critical condition, Szabo died Tuesday afternoon. He had traveled to New York City for a family wedding.
"It's an unfortunate and tragic incident," Alain Massena, representing Jones, told ESPN. "Mr. Jones and his family, their deepest condolences go out to the Szabo family. We simply hope that the public gives Mr. Jones an opportunity to litigate this matter in the court and not in the press."
Massena says Jones is cooperating with investigators.
According to the New York Post, Szabo had punched in the face a local resident who had confronted him about the noise he was making banging on cars before Jones allegedly delivered the fatal blow.
Police released surveillance video Sunday that showed Szabo's assaulter walking away from the scene.
Jones, 35, was due to enter his second season on head coach Danny Manning's staff.