Asst. basketball coach allegedly kicks 12-year-old in the head during tournament


by WHAS11

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 11 at 6:41 PM

(WHAS11) -- An assistant basketball coach is charged with assault after police say he allegedly  kicked a 12-year-old girl in the head during a basketball tournament. 

The suspect, 39-year-old Adrian Franklin, tells WHAS11 a very different story. The only thing all parties involved agree on is that the whole incident started with a brawl in the closing minutes of a girl's basketball tournament championship game.

A coach ran out on the court and according to police, then began assaulting a player on the opposing team.

Louisville Legends coach Jaye Collins said Franklin, the coach of the opposing team, kicked one of Collin’s players in the head at a recent basketball tournament at Mid America Sports Center in Jeffersontown.

"It was brutal. It was the most heinous thing I've seen," Jaye Collins said.

The girl lost consciousness and was taken to Kosair Hospital. She is expected to make a full recovery.

"She's made it to practice. She's trying to get back," Collins said.

Franklin was charged on a criminal summons last week with assault.

According to the complaint, Franklin intentionally kicked the girl, then fled before police arrived.

We went to Franklin's house to try to talk to him, but his attorney asked him not to talk on camera.

He and his wife told us that he didn't intentionally kick the girl, but rather tripped and accidentally came into contact with her while trying to break up a fight.

Franklin said the other girl started it all by hitting his daughter repeatedly in the head, causing her to lose consciousness.

Both sides seem to only agree on the fact that there was an altercation.

"You hear about things on YouTube. You hear about things that occur in other places, but a girl's sixth grade basketball game, you never thought it'd happen," said Collins.
Franklin's attorney says he's cooperating fully.
He's due back in court in mid July.