NC Central football coach’s lawyer says domestic arrest was misunderstanding

jalexander@newsobserver.comAugust 21, 2013 

— The lawyer for suspended N.C. Central football coach Henry Frazier III says his client was trying to let his ex-wife know he was paying for a ticket on their car when she had him arrested Monday.

“My client was wrongfully accused, and he didn’t violate the protection order,” attorney Ralph Frasier said.

LaNier Turner-Frazier filed for the domestic violence protection order May 14, 2012, after Frazier III was charged with assaulting her.

In the order, Turner-Frazier wrote that Frazier had forcefully shoved her in the face with his hand, damaging her glasses; pushed her in her chest area; grabbed her by her arms and poured olive oil on her head and tried to perform an exorcism.

The order barred all contact – including by telephone, email and paper. It was renewed July 15.

On July 31, a judge gave Frazier a prayer for judgment, which will remove the assault charge from his record if he meets certain conditions.

Efforts to reach Turner-Frazier for this story were unsuccessful.

The coach’s attorney, however, said Turner-Frazier misinterpreted a note that Frazier III’s son delivered as a threat. He added that the note was not necessarily directed toward the coach’s ex-wife.

The note indicated that Frazier had received a call that a car he owned received a ticket in January. The car was in the possession of his ex-wife, and the ticket had not been paid.

“In the note he basically said, ‘I got this bill, I paid this bill and I’m going to deduct the $205 from the alimony check,’” Frasier said.

“There was no threatening language contained in the note,” he said.

Frazier is charged with a misdemeanor violation of the protection order. His court date is set for Sept. 30 and the university has suspended him with pay. He was also suspended after the initial assault charge but was later reinstated.

The Eagles will have to block the new distraction from their Aug. 31 game against Duke.

Assistant coach Dwayne Foster has been named head coach in Frazier’s absence.

The Eagles (6-5 last year) are coming off their best season since their transition to Division I.

Alexander: 919-932-2008; Twitter: @Jon_M_Alexander

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