Misdemeanor charge filed against teen following basketball incident at New Miami

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)
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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 Cincinnati teen has been charged with misdemeanor assault in Butler County Juvenile Court for an incident last month on the basketball court at New Miami High School.

The charge stems from a game on Jan. 13 in which a Cincinnati Oyler High School player allegedly kicked a New Miami player in the head after a foul.

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Following an investigation, Butler County Sheriff’s Office detectives served a summons on Friday on the 17-year-old boy charging him with a first-degree misdemeanor.

The unruly complaint filed in juvenile court alleges the teen “kicked Deanza Duncan during a basketball game.” The teen is scheduled to be in court Feb. 22 before Judge Erik Niehaus.

In the days following the incident, there were claims on social media that racial taunts were heard by some during the game prior to the incident. An investigation by the school district determined the claim was unfounded.

Last month in a statement from the district, New Miami Superintendent Rhonda Parker said witness interviews involving referees, school officials and fans showed no racial slurs were uttered before or after a Oyler player allegedly kicked a New Miami player in the head.

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“No spectators from Oyler other than the Oyler School principal, videographer, and bus driver attended the game. Only 40 spectators from New Miami attended the game. Given the limited attendance it was relatively easy to hear what was said by spectators and players,” Parker said.

“After social media postings from individuals who were not at the game alleged that New Miami spectators and athletes used racial slurs and made inflammatory comments, both Cincinnati Public Schools and New Miami conducted investigations.”

The three referees working the game, said Parker, reported “they did not hear any racial slurs or insensitive comments from any players or spectators, and that they did not receive complaints from anyone at the game about such conduct. No New Miami administrators or coaches heard any racial slurs or comments.

“A review of the video of the game does not substantiate the (racial taunting) allegations.”

Duncan, the New Miami player on the other end of the alleged kick, said claims of racial taunting during the game were untrue.

“The Oyler player who committed the foul walked back to the New Miami player who was still on the ground and kicked him before running out of the gym,” wrote Parker. “The Oyler player was ejected for this violent flagrant foul. At that point the Oyler coach forfeited the game.”

Staff Writer Michael D. Clark contributed to this report

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