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Mother pursuing charges against coach accused of attacking her son

An investigation continues Monday into a coach's attack of a 15-year-old basketball player, which was caught on a camera.

We showed you the video last night, captured on another player's cell phone camera.

The player's mother, Shaunteil Coleman, told 27 NEWSFIRST Monday morning that she's spoken with the Perry County attorney's office and wants to see Coach Derek Barnette answer for his actions.

Coleman's son, 15-year-old Rakim Baker, is seen in the video struggling with Barnette.

It happened in a hotel room in Hazard while Baker's Lexington basketball team was on a trip to a tournament in Knott County.

Witnesses say playful roughhousing got out of hand.

Coach Barnette is seen on the video fighting with the teenager.

Hazard Police called Shaunteil Coleman in to watch the video.

"So when I get down there, I'm looking at the video, and you see the coach jumping over a bed getting to my son beating him," Coleman said. "And in the background you can see where he pushed my son into the wall, and there's a hole in the wall."

27 NEWSFIRST spoke with Perry County Attorney John Shackelford, and he said it could be several days before he knows when or if charges will be filed against Barnette.

He says his office will have to review the video and interview witnesses.

The team Baker played on was not a school team, but an independent organization.

We spoke with a representative from BCI, the Basketball Championship Invitationals, which sponsored the tournament.

Tournament Director Dave Clevenger says Barnette's teams have played in about three tournaments with BCI, but doesn't know him personally.

Clevenger says in the 10 years of BCI's tournament play, he's never known of a situation like this to occur.

Neither BCI or other tournament organizations like AAU do background checks on coaches participating in their tournaments.

Barnette says after speaking with an attorney, he's decided not to comment.


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