Details emerge in sheriff’s report on alleged head kick during New Miami basketball game

A screen shot photo from a game video posted online by Butler County Sports Report shows an Cincinnati Oyler High School player standing over a New Miami High School player he just fouled. Officials from both schools continued to investigate the Oyler player's alleged kicking of the prone New Miami player in the head. (Butler County Sports Report image)
A screen shot photo from a game video posted online by Butler County Sports Report shows an Cincinnati Oyler High School player standing over a New Miami High School player he just fouled. Officials from both schools continued to investigate the Oyler player's alleged kicking of the prone New Miami player in the head. (Butler County Sports Report image)

A Butler County Sheriff’s Office report provided more information Tuesday about an incident during which an Oyler High School basketball player appeared to kick a New Miami player during a game last week.

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The incident happened at Thursday’s game at New Miami’s gym in St. Clair Twp. An Oyler player appeared to kick a New Miami player after fouling him with 2:28 remaining in the third quarter, according to a game video recorded by Butler County Sports Report and posted on YouTube. The game ended without resuming afterward. New Miami won 50-30.

According to the incident report filed by a sheriff’s deputy, the New Miami player “attempted to get up when (the Olyer player) kicks (the New Miami player) in the head and proceeds to run off of the court.”

“Witnesses stated there was no prior altercation or conversation between the two individuals,” the report said..

Deanza Duncan, the Black New Miami player seen lying face down on the court after the foul, talked with Journal-News news partner WCPO-TV after the incident.

“I’ve never been in that situation,” Duncan told WCPO-TV.

Cincinnati Public Schools and New Miami Local School District are both investigating the incident to determine what happened, according to statements given by each district.

Tim Stried, spokesman for the Ohio High School Athletics Association (OHSAA), told the Journal-News on Tuesday that OHSAA officials are “aware of the high school basketball incident involving Oyler and New Miami and has spoken with administrators from both schools and the officiating crew.”

“A student-athlete (the Oyler player) was ejected from the contest, which carries an automatic four-game suspension. We will work with the schools to provide additional guidance and support as both schools move on from this incident,” Stried said.

Journal-News media partner WCPO-TV contributed to this story

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