Skip to comments.Hinds Co. Deputy charged with murder of basketball coach
Posted on 05/07/2014 8:13:56 PM PDT by null and void
Joshua Adams. Source: JPD Joshua Adams. Source: JPD
Justin Griffin (Source: Facebook) Justin Griffin (Source: Facebook)
Jackson police have released the identity of one of the deputies who is accused of murdering a basketball coach. Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green tells us 37-year-old Joshua Adams has been charged with murder.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart confirmed Justin Griffin, 25, died Monday afternoon at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Grisham-Stewart said the preliminary cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the head with internal bleeding.
That apparent altercation started during a basketball game Sunday morning at the Mississippi Basketball and Athletics facility on Westbrook Road, according to Jackson Police Department Assistant Chief Lee Vance.
It appears the incident started as a coach arguing over play calls, he said.
At some point during the game Sunday morning, Vance said Griffin got into a dispute with a referee, who was also a Hinds County deputy. As the dispute escalated, a second deputy in uniform, working security for the facility, got involved as well.
Vance said both deputies were off duty from the sheriff's department.
That altercation started inside, then continued into the parking lot outside the facility.
The two deputies were not believed to be injured in the scuffle, Vance said.
Hinds County Sheriff's Department spokesman Othor Cain says Adams is suspended pending an internal investigation..
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What is it with basketball? It’s become a sport for low-lifes.
Biggest gang in town.
Basket ball was specifically created for inner city kids, ones whose schools didn’t have open land for sports fields.
So a cop who does not allow his authority to be questioned becomes a referee. These guys lose all sense of proportion.
If you totaled all the unjustified police killings across the nation, it would dwarf the Chicago numbers.
Looks like the days of Andy and Barney are gone forever.
Nope. Not forever.
I don’t know. I used to love watching basketball. I mean playing it can be fun. But college and the pros - I don’t know - seems like it went “homey” somehow.
I went to clarionledger.com to see what they had on this story. There is more info there. Someone recorded at least part of this fight. One blow from the off duty officer is all it took to kill the young coach. This is not the town I grew up in.
It's clear that they should arrest the dead body for "assaulting an officer", and "resisting arrest"...
That’s all it ever was.
The guys playing the game come from inner cities. Some out grow the hood. Some like Durant transcend. Others never stop struggling. But these are people with stories to tell. Walk in their shoes.
what demographic makes up most basketball players? what demographic is responsible for 75% of amerca’s gun murders annually?
they are the same demographic.
You just don't hear about all the local leagues and pick-up game venues where everyone behaves and enjoys the game. I play 2-3 times a week, with and against "diverse" players, and we seldom (every few years, maybe) have a real problem with misbehavior.
Those 30-40-50 year old kids are killin' me, though!
Not really, though it lends itself well to that scenario. It was created as an activity for times when outdoor activities were limited by weather and field conditions. From CommieWicki:
At Springfield YMCA, Naismith struggled with a rowdy class which was confined to indoor games throughout the harsh New England winter and thus was perpetually short-tempered. Under orders from Dr. Luther Gulick, head of Springfield YMCA Physical Education, Naismith was given 14 days to create an indoor game that would provide an "athletic distraction": Gulick demanded that it would not take up much room, could help its track athletes to keep in shape and explicitly emphasized to "make it fair for all players and not too rough."