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Man charged with assaulting teen during basketball game

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City man is accused of assaulting a player during his daughter's high school basketball game. This week the Oklahoma County District Attorney filed a charge of aggravated assault against the father.

The assault charge is a felony crime. It happened at Douglas High School in early June.

According to court records, two players dove for a loose ball and got into an altercation.

That's when the father of one of the girls, Lee Roy Prince Jr., ran from the stands, tackled the 17-year-old opposing player from behind, slammed her to the floor and caused the victim to hit her head on the floor.

The suspect also allegedly choked the teen with a forearm to her throat.

"I think it was atrocious and completely uncalled for," said the victim's mother Debra Smith.

The victim's mother says she's happy the D.A. filed felony assault charges.

"As a parent you're always worried the kid will get hurt in the game, let alone parents coming out of the stands and attacking them.  It's just not acceptable," said Smith.

While basketball games can be emotional, the victim's mother says the attack violates the spirit of sportsmanship and should be prosecuted.

"It's totally unacceptable for a parent or adult to come out of the stands and attack children on the court," said Smith.

Because the attack happened in the middle of a game, lots of people witnessed the attack.

The victim's coach called the assault the most shocking thing he'd ever seen during a game.

The basketball game in question was part of a tournament hosted by Fellowship Christian Athletics.

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