KANNAPOLIS – A wrestling parent was arrested for attacking a wrestler during a high school tournament Saturday at A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis.
Police charged Barry Lee Jones with simple assault and disorderly conduct.
Jones, a parent of a Hickory Ridge wrestler, rushed and tackled a student-athlete from Southeast Guilford, who was wrestling his son, according to police.
The referee on the mat at the time of the incident gave the hand signals to call the Southeast Guilford's student athlete's move as illegal, according to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
"I was watching my brother wrestle on a completely different mat and then I looked over and saw a guy run from the stands down onto the mat and tackle this kid that his son was wrestling against," a witness said. "I’m pretty sure it all started because the kid did pick up his son and slam him on the mat using a move called “Suplex."
Jones was taken to the Cabarrus County Jail and received a $1,000 bond.
The athlete was not injured.
"We have expectations for student decorum and sportsmanship during athletic and extra-curricular events, and our expectations for spectators are no different,” a Cabarrus County spokesperson said. “The actions displayed by a spectator at the wrestling match on Jan. 18, 2020, fall far below our expectations. We do not condone his actions."