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Thu. November 18, 2010 | Joey Knight | Email

TC coach to police: Anthony Harrell shoved me

The bay area's most intense Catholic school feud now has spilled over into the legal system.

Tampa Catholic junior varsity coach Shawn Fox has filed an affidavit with the Tampa Police Department, alleging misdemeanor simple battery against Tigers varsity standout Anthony Harrell prior to the Crusaders-Tigers JV game at Jesuit High on Oct. 28.

The case remains open, TPD spokesperson Laura McElroy said. No charges have been filed.

The name of the suspect wasn't released, but Fox identified him as Harrell -- 17-year-old son of first-year Tigers coach James Harrell -- to a St. Petersburg Times photographer the night of the TC-Jesuit varsity contest Nov. 11.

According to paperwork filed with TPD, Fox alleges aggressive behavior by the younger Harrell as his team was waiting for Jesuit's varsity to leave the field at Corral Memorial Stadium before the JV contest.

Fox told police all of Jesuit's players left except Anthony Harrell, who charged one of the Crusaders players, used a racial slur and threatened him with violence.

Fox says when he intervened and asked Anthony Harrell to leave, the two-way Division I-A prospect shoved him and made a threatening comment.

Reached at practice Thursday afternoon, James Harrell vehemently denied Fox's allegations, saying Fox shoved his son. Harrell also questioned the timing of the allegations.

Jesuit, winner of 11 consecutive varsity football games against TC, competes in its first playoff game Friday at home against Wauchula Hardee.

"Anthony's a minor," James Harrell said, "so he touched a minor. We know (Fox's allegations) didn't transpire and hopefully the judicial system will run its course."

TC varsity coach Bob Henriquez said he was aware of the alleged incident, but declined to get in the middle of it. "I talked to James about the situation and hopefully it will work out," Henriquez said. "I don't want it to become a circus."

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