Sexual Assault Charges Dropped On Former Davidson Baseball Player
Sexual assault charges against former Davidson baseball player George Coleman, known as Ward, have been dropped due to lack of evidence.
Coleman was initially charged with sexual battery in February of 2017.
Students protested after Coleman was not suspended from the team following his arrest. Coleman’s lawyer, Chris Fialko, sent the following statement:
My client did not assault the accuser in any way. Normally I don’t comment much in the press, but I feel I need to speak up about one thing: those were strange days earlier this year when college students marched, and a college president opined, against the American principle of the presumption of innocence. I am glad wiser heads prevailed.
Original story posted on Feb. 8th:
DAVIDSON, N.C. — “Sexual assault shouldn’t be tolerated at all,” said Davidson student, Will Thurston.
That’s the message hundreds of Davidson students, women and men, wanted to make by sitting in silent protest during Wednesday night’s baseball practice.
“I want to be out here because I want to support all survivors of sexual assault it happens far too often and I have far too many friends this has happened to,” said Junior, Charlotte Scott.
Since August 2016 Davidson has had 12 reports of sexual assaults. The latest resulted in a baseball player, George Coleman, known as Ward on the team, being arrested and charged with Sexual Battery.
“Playing on a sports team is a privilege and that’s a privilege that would be easily taken away if a player did drugs or maybe even cheated but sexual assault is not included,” said Thurston.
Students say they’re pleased some action has been taken on campus, Coleman’s fraternity, Phi Delta Theta has suspended him for now, they say that’s what they want the baseball coach to do as well.
“We’re not making a statement on guilt or innocence but we think that at the very least when somebody has been arrested and is about to go through a criminal process that they should be suspended from playing sports, that’s a privilege in college it’s not a right,” said Senior, Madi Driscoll.
Students say this is not just for one student, it’s to send a message to all students.
“I think she really appreciates this, and I actually know a lot of other survivors on campus appreciate it too,” Driscoll.
“The thought of having someone force themselves on me personally is horrific and to imagine that someone else has had to endure that pain you have to show solidarity,” said Junior, Kate McNaughton.