The incident that led to Sean Woods’ suspension as the head coach of Morehead State was not the first physical altercation that he had gotten into with Malik Maitland, according to the father of the player.
Edson Maitland, Malik’s father, released a statement to ESPN that alleges Woods headbutted his son last season.
“This is not the first time he violated our trust,” the statement read. “Because last year, during the season, he head-butted my son and turned around and asked him to forgive him, and he apologized, and my son accepted his apology, and [he] said he would never do it again.”
“And as for the school, I’m still waiting for a response from them and to take corrective action and appropriate action without any form of a delay, saying they’re still investigating.”
Woods was suspended with pay from his position as head coach on Nov. 22nd, as the university investigated an incident involving the younger Maitland and another player, Soufianye Diakte. According to court documents obtained by WKYT in Evansville, Indiana, Woods was arrested and charged with battery after he was accused of backhanding Maitland in the chest and pushing Diakte during and after a game that Morehead State played against the Evansville Purple Aces that night.
Woods was suspended for one game in 2012 after he was caught on camera shoving and berating a player during a game, leaving the player in tears on the bench.
Woods played on “The Unforgettables”, the 1992 Kentucky team that reached the Elite 8.