Officer Considered Assault Charge Against Nevada's Fox

More details are surfacing about the profanity-laced tirade Nevada basketball coach Mark Fox directed at the referees after the Wolf Pack's loss to Utah State at the Western Athletic Conference tournament last weekend.

A police officer at New Mexico State University hosting the tourney considered arresting Fox on assault charges for his outburst as he chased the officials through the arena tunnel and up a stairway.

The officer who was working security at the game says Fox's behavior was rude and insolent. He wrote in a police report that he
believed Fox was going to "touch or apply force" to either him or the referees as they fled the coach on the way to the locker room.

At one point, Officer Quent Pirtle said that he put his hand across Fox's chest to keep him from getting any closer to the refs and that Fox raised his voice and told him, "Don't put your (expletive) hands on me."

Officer Pirtle says he ordered Fox to remain in the university's Pan American Center while he met with WAC Commissioner Karl Benson
and others to decide whether to arrest Fox.

New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Paul Stinnett says Pirtle agreed to let the league's administration handle the matter rather than charge Fox with disorderly conduct, assault and assault on a peace officer.

University of Nevada officials have had no immediate comment on the details in the police report.

Benson has refused to discuss the report. He said earlier that Fox's behavior violated the league's sportsmanship rules and that it was under investigation.

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