CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – The Butler High School coach charged with assault on a female has been suspended with pay, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced Tuesday.
Brian Hales, 43 of Matthews, was arrested Saturday night, nearly 24 hours after his Butler High School Bulldogs clinched the Southwestern 4A Conference Championship.
The police report states his 30-year-old fiancé had minor injuries and that the assault took place at their home in east Charlotte, ten minutes from the high school.
The responding officers said they noticed several small blood scratches on Hales’ hands and some swelling on the side of his right hand. The narrative states the woman had blood and scratches on her right hand and some bruising and swelling near her left wrist.
The report states a verbal argument escalated into a physical fight that included “tussling” on the floor. Earlier, the narrative states Hales admitted that his fiancé wanted to leave him and he was frustrated and slammed his fist into table.
The coach said the woman hit him and he put his hands up to defend himself.
The woman told police that when she tried to leave, Hales pushed her into a wall. She says she grabbed his phone to call police and he grabbed it back. The narrative says she proceeded to grab her own phone and call police.
The report goes on to say the two started fighting again, fell on the floor and wrestled again.
The night before Hales was celebrated as the Bulldogs crushed rival Independence High School for the win. He’s had a winning career at Butler the past six years, including a state championship.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association said whether Hales would continue to coach in the playoffs was a CMS decision.
Hales was suspended effective Tuesday.