Doug Wojcik's lawyer releases new video to counter abuse allegations

Doug Wojcik's lawyer releases new video to counter abuse allegations

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

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The laywer for College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik has released a video of evidence and a statement that denies the C of C coach ever physically abused his Cougar players.

The Post and Courier of Charleston and WCIV ABC in Charleston obtained the letter and video from Scott Tompsett, Wojcik's lawyer, which attempts to prove Wojcik's innocence against the most recent claims that he not only verbally berated players, but also attacked using basketballs a la former Rutgers coach Mike Rice.

Former Charleston player Trevonte Dixon came forward recently with claims that he was physically abused by Wojcik during the 2012-13 season. Dixon said Wojcik would throw basketballs at his head. The video provided by Wojcik's lawyer includes two extended clips, one of a game against Elon in December of 2012 and one during a practice that season.

"The video of the Elon game shows that coach Wojcik substituted Dixon out of the game after the young man committed a turnover and then almost immediately committed a defensive foul away from the ball," per the attorney's statement. "Dixon returned to the bench, then coach Wojcik kneeled in front of Dixon coaching him on his mistake. The entire encounter lasted a few seconds, and there's nothing that comes even close to physical abuse."

During the practice drill, Wojcik can be seen casually bouncing balls off players.

Dixon also claims physical abuse happened on a team trip to Toronto in the fall, but no video from that trip exists. In the 50-page report from the school's initial investigation, one former Charleston player claims Wojcik grabbed Dixon's jersey while in Toronto and screamed, "This [Bobby] Cremins (expletive) won't play here."

Cremins was the coach who preceded Wojcik at C of C.

As for the drill wherein Wojcik deflects balls off players' backs and arms, Tompsett maintains the drill was in good practice and in no way malicious; that Wojcik was never throwing balls at Dixon's head, which the player has accused the coach of doing. It was this allegation that triggered a second investigation by the university into Wojcik's behavior.

"It's called coaching, and it's what the College of Charleston hired coach Wojcik to do,” Tompsett said in the statement. "The video we've provided shows players occasionally getting hit with the ball in the back, legs or buttocks because they were not looking for the pass. And that's what happens in real game situations. The drill simulates a game situation."

College of Charleston has not commented on the video. Wojcik spent portions of the second half of the July recruiting period on the road. Wojcik has already apologized and copped to some inappropriate verbal behavior stemming from the first major investigation, but nothing of the physical variety. If College of Charleston cannot fire Wojcik for just cause, a buyout could run the university upward of $1 million.

Wojcik has three years remaining on his contract.

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