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High school basketball coach resigns over headlock

Updated: March 15, 2012 8:17AM

An East Aurora High School sophomore basketball coach resigned after another coach allegedly saw him putting a player in a choke hold, school officials said.

Archie Hubbard is accused of choking the 16-year-old student Feb. 4 by A.J. Harris, an assistant coach for the team. Harris said the boy was screaming in the locker room.

“I saw coach Archie Hubbard with [student] in a full nelson headlock choking him to where [student] could not breathe,” Harris said in report to officials.

“[Other players] were screaming and yelling to let the kid go. Kids were crying,” Harris said.

Harris said he told Hubbard to let the boy go, and Hubbard did a few seconds later. Harris said Hubbard became mad after the students were talking on the bus while returning from a game. “If we lose, we have a rule — no talking on the ride home,” Harris said.

Hubbard said he would not comment on his status as a coach. “I have nothing to say,” Hubbard said.

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