Wake Forest basketball coach charged in deadly assault


A former VCU assistant basketball coach has been charged in the death of a man in NY last weekend.

Wake Forest assistant men's basketball coach Jamill Jones has been arrested and charged with third-degree assault in connection with the death of a 35-year-old Florida man who was in New York City for a wedding. Police said Szabo fell and hit his head on the sidewalk after he was punched in the face Sunday on 29th Street near 41st Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.

Sandor Szabo, 35, died on Tuesday after being taken off life support, his family told the New York Daily News. The coach then got out of his auto and allegedly punched the man, after which Jones fled the scene.

A witness told PIX11 he worked with Jones to prop Szabo - who was unconscious and choking on his own blood - up against a vehicle, before the coach fled the scene.

Jamill Jones appears in court on August 9, 2018 in Queens.

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The investigation is ongoing, and charges against Jones could be upgraded, police said.

Szabo's parents told NBC's "Today" show that the coach, Jamill Jones, should have tried to save their son Sandor Szabo's life after punching him early Sunday.

"The court made the proper ruling with the charges, and the District Attorney's office made the proper ruling with the charges", the statement read, per the Post. "Mr. Jones and his family, their deepest condolences go out to the Szabo family".

Wake Forest has not responded to the Daily News' request for comment. He has also coached at UCF, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast.

"Sabor Szabo", his family said in a statement. He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring. "He was a really good person".