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February 19, 2020 11:00 a.m. UPDATE: A court date has been set for one of the men charged during a basketball conflict.

Steven Damon will appear in front of Judge Martha Fleshman Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 10:30a.m.

Damon is charged with disorderly conduct after a conflict during the Greenbrier East versus Woodrow Wilson girl’s basketball game on February 11.

February 18, 2020 6:00 p.m. UPDATE: On February 18, 2020, the Greenbrier County Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Bryant released a statement regarding the incident at a Woodrow Wilson-Greenbrier East girls basketball game.

“This is more than wins and losses,” Bryant said. “This is about molding kids.”

Bryant said the community’s goal is to move on from the fight. In the statement, Bryant commended Greenbrier East High School students for keeping their cool during the incident.

As for the rivalry, Bryant said he came to an agreement with Superintendent of Raleigh County Schools, David Price, to work together in demonstrating leadership and sportsmanship to their students.

“We’re better together than we are apart,” Bryant said. “So the goal is, we need to reconcile, we need to heal, we need to take action where necessary for people who did the inappropriate actions, but we need to move forward and do what’s right for kids.”

Three men were charged in the fight. WV State Troopers charged Donte Nabors with obstructing and disorderly conduct, Eugene Nabors with obstructing, and Steven Damon with disorderly conduct.

Steven Damon is the father of one of the Lady Spartans. Now, officials are discussing whether or not he can attend the next girls basketball game.

As for future games between Woodrow Wilson and Greenbrier East, Bryant said they are going to come up with a positive solution.

“We’re gonna work together, we’re gonna meet,” Bryant said. “We’re gonna say okay lets take all precautions, lets do everything we can to ensure young ladies and gentlemen can play in a non-threatening environment.”


February 14, 2020 9:00 p.m. UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Charges were dropped for one of the people involved in a heated incident at Tuesday’s game.

According to Head Coach of the Woodrow Wilson Girls Basketball team, Brian Nabors, Eugene Nabors was cleared of any charges from the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC).

West Virginia State Police charged Eugene Nabors with obstructing, that charge has not been dropped.


February 14, 2020 4:30 p.m. UPDATE: Administrators with Woodrow Wilson High School told 59News the game will not be finished. The Greenbrier East Lady Spartans (16-2) will now add another win to their record, defeating Woodrow Wilson 46-40 based on Tuesday night’s game.

The Lady Spartans return to the floor for the first time since the incident Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 as they visit Parkersburg South. The Lady Spartans have only three games remaining in the regular season before they begin Sectionals where it is expected they will face the Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles one more time.

Woodrow Wilson (14-4) defeated Hurricane on Thursday night, and have only two games remaining. Sectionals are expected to begin on February 26, 2020.


February 13, 2020 5:15 p.m. UPDATE: Five players from the Woodrow Wilson girls basketball team were suspended.

According to Kevin Henry, a Woodrow Wilson Assistant Coach, the WVSSAC suspended five players for leaving the bench during Tuesday night’s game against Greenbrier East. The players are suspended for two games.


February 13, 2020 2:15 p.m. UPDATE: FAIRLEA, WV (WVNS) — Three people are charged in connection to the fight that happened at the Woodrow-Wilson vs. Greenbrier East game.

WV State Troopers charged Donte Nabors for obstructing and disorderly conduct, Eugene Nabors for obstructing, and Steven Damon for disorderly conduct.


ORIGINAL STORY:

The Woodrow Wilson-Greenbrier East rivalry game is always a highly- anticipated sporting event. On Tuesday, February 11, 2020 the Lady Flying Eagles visited Fairlea for the second match-up of the season against the Lady Spartans.

With Greenbrier East leading in the fourth quarter, Woodrow Wilson Head Coach Brian Nabours called a timeout and brought his team over to the bench. A fight allegedly broke-out near the visitor’s bench. Officials and state police intervened, and made the decision to suspend play.

State Police are currently investigating the details of how the fight started and who was involved. Troopers told 59News charges could be filed as the investigation continues.

The WVSSAC is also investigating incident. The commission will determine if and when the game will be finished.

During a post-game interview with a member of the media, Greenbrier East Head Coach Jim Justice reportedly made comments about Woodrow Wilson. Gov. Justice released the following statement regarding the comments:

“My definition of a thug is clear – it means violence, bullying, and disorderly conduct. And we, as West Virginians, should have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior. Anyone that would accuse me of making a racial slur is totally absurd.

“I’m extremely proud that my coaches, my team, and myself were not involved in this incident in any way, shape, form, or fashion and I’m truly saddened that the Woodrow kids had to be subjected to this behavior.

“One of the incidents that I referred to resulted in one of the Woodrow Wilson assistant coaches being cited by the State Police for obstruction of an officer.

“I am certain that the WVSSAC will deal with this in a professional and appropriate manner.”

Gov. Jim Justice

Raleigh County Schools also issued a statement on Wednesday about the incident.

“We are aware of the incident that took place at the Woodrow Wilson and Greenbrier East Girls basketball game. We are conducting an investigation to ensure we have all of the facts of the incident.  We are disappointed to read the statements that we have read and heard in the media. We will not make any more statements until a thorough investigation of the incident is finished.” 

David Price, Raleigh County Superintendent

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