Lake Oswego police arrested a volunteer Lakeridge High School football coach Tuesday evening, accusing him of punching a 17-year-old player in the face during practice.
Michael James Cole, 28, a former Lakeridge athlete who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 265 pounds, was arrested at his home in Lake Oswego and booked into the Clackamas County Jail on suspicion of fourth-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct. He was released Wednesday after posting a 10 percent deposit against bail of $11,000 and is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 24 in Clackamas County Circuit Court.
Witnesses identified the player as Marqueese Royster, an African-American student who transferred from Lake Oswego High School to Lakeridge in 2011 after he was targeted by racist messages from anonymous Twitter accounts. Royster recently committed to play football for Portland State. Royster declined medical attention for a cut and swollen lip. He and his family could not be reached for comment. LINK
This post was edited on 8/23 at 9:49 am