Butler High School football coach charged with assault


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A Butler High School football coach in Matthews is facing charges of assault on a female, according to Mecklenburg County sheriff’s records.

Brian Hales, 43 of Matthews, was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police over the weekend.

FOX 46 Charlotte talked with some students Monday afternoon and they were shocked to hear the news.

“What I heard from other students, I heard he was a great guy and he’s always putting students first,” Freshman Sophia Thompson said.

The incident happened about 6 p.m. on Saturday at a home in the 9800 block of Ashley Farm Drive. According to a police report, Hales and the victim got into a verbal argument that turned physical.

The victim, a 30-year-old woman, suffered bruises and scratches and refused treatment to police, the report stated.

Hales is in his sixth season as Butler’s head coach.

“I know the football team was very upset and I guess we were just shocked,” Sophia Thompson said. 

“I have a football player in there and he was very upset. He said it was no way it could be true because coach was always telling them not to jeopardize what would happen, and playoffs are coming up so they really didn’t think it would be true,” Junior Victoria Thompson said. 

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