Wake Forest assistant basketball coach charged with assaulting tourist

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Malcolm Brogdon #15 of the Virginia Cavaliers bring the ball up court against Tyler Thornton #3 of the Duke Blue Devils during the championship game of the 2014 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 16, 2014 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

A Wake Forest assistant basketball coach has been charged with assault after a deadly attack on a Florida tourist in New York City, the New York Post reported Thursday. He was arraigned today on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance after entering his plea.

Police say Jones threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist who knocked on the assistant coach's auto window thinking it was his Uber ride.

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"We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information", a Wake Forest spokesman said.

According to NBC New York, Szabo had knocked on Jones' auto window, mistaking the vehicle for his Uber ride. "We won't be making any further comments". Szabo later died in the hospital after Jones' punch caused him to hit his head on the pavement. Szabo had been treated for fractures to the left side of his face and the back of his head, and for bleeding on the brain, according to the complaint filed against Jones.

Szabo, who lived in Boca Raton with his brother, always had a bright smile and shared a love of fishing, cooking and family, the company said. He was placed on life support and later died.

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Jones joined the Wake Forest basketball program in May 2017, according to the team's website. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton for a wedding.

Jones is set to begin his second season on Danny Manning's Wake Forest staff after joining in the spring of 2017.

"We're going to say one thing and that's all".

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