Holy Family Coach Won’t Face Charges In Violent Practice Incident

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has announced no charges will be filed against the Holy Family University basketball coach caught on tape mixing it up with a player during practice.

The decision came just hours after a joint appearance by the coach and player on national television.

Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman with the DA’s office, said the evidence was reviewed, including the videotape, and it doesn’t support criminal charges against coach John O’Connor.

Attorney Jack Cohen says the video shows O’Connor knocking 19-year-old sophomore Matthew Kravchuk to the ground, then kicking him while he was down, leaving Kravchuk’s mouth and nose bleeding. Kravchuk also says he suffered a wrist injury during the incident.

Earlier in the day on Thursday, both men appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to talk about the incident.

Flanked by attorneys, O’Connor and Kravcuk answered questions and each gave his side of the story.

“Matt, this was an accident. You know, I was just trying to make us a better team, make us more competitive. It was unintentional by me. If I could take it back, I certainly would,” O’Connor said to Kravchuk.

The apology wasn’t good enough for Kravchuk, who filed a complaint to police after he says the university did nothing.

“To be honest, it’s kind of hard to accept your apology just because you claim it’s justified and you claim you weren’t crossing the line. And I can’t play for you anymore just because as your player, I’m supposed to be able to respect you and I don’t feel I can do that anymore,” Kravchuk said.

Holy Family University says the incident is under investigation.

Watch the video…

Reported by Tony Hanson; Mike Dougherty, KYW Newsradio

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One Comment

  1. david says:

    Another entitled “kid” thinking his sloven behavior has no accountability. What a crybaby POS this kid displayed. Crying like a little baby and then being contrite about his own immature player behavior. The kid is a jerk.

  2. kevin says:

    What ever happened to the phrase “pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get on with life”. The coach does not need to apoligize it’s the cops for even arresting the coach

  3. Jagdeesh says:

    Granny, have some warm milk, soak your dentures and call it a night!!!! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  4. Gomer says:


  5. Sargeant Carter says:

    GI Granny, are you the cheerleading coach or the pep band leader?? Poor lil Matt is looking for something to do, since he’s too hurt to play basketball anymore…….awwwwwwww

  6. GI Granny says:

    Intense military boot camp therapy? You flamers watch too many movies. Even boot camp instructors are not allowed to put their hands on recruits. Check the facts. I’ve been there. You obviously haven’t. Even in the military, it’s about mutual respect. Without it, you can’t have a cohesive unit.

    That’s the whole point you are missing. It’s supposed to be a game. Yes, a competitive game, but you don’t see pro coaches roughing up their players now do you? O’Connor’s a bully who uses intimidation like a common thug. Not adult emough to get his point across without violence. Intimidation never breds respect, it breds resentment. O’Connor’s no one’s role model. Not even man enough to own up to his mistake.

    Sorry kid, they sided wih the money. You were sold out all the way around.

  7. Vinnie BoomBa says:

    Outragedadult, are you his Grandmother or something??? SHEEEEEEW!!!!!

    Lay it on a little thicker!!! OMG

  8. Chewbaca says:

    This kid needs to grow some stones!! He’s on national TV sobbing like a liitle boy……GIVE ME A BREAK!!! You are suppose to be playing sports at a college level?? What this kid needs is some intense miltary boot camp therapy,,,,,,Waaaaaa Waaaaa Waaaaa

    Or, perhaps Holy Family has an opening on the cheerleading squad??

  9. outragedadult says:

    Matt you are owed a sincere apology. Since your coach is not man enough to admit when he is wrong, I’ll apologize. I am sorry that these adults who are supposed to be guiding and educating you let you down. I am sorry the coach, your team mates and the University staff care more about a winning season than doing the right thing. I’m sorry that swearing and physical abuse of students go unpunished, in a religious atmosphere. The original Holy Family would be appalled at their behavior. I’m sorry the DA decided not to prosecute because there was not enough “popular support”. But what I am most sorry for is that you are coming of age in a time where this behavior has become the typical rather than the atypical in our society. You stood up for the right thing Matt. Too bad most of the adults stood up on the wrong side.

  10. outragedadult says:

    How is crossing the court to physically assault, then kick the kid when he is down an accident? The only “accident” that the coach is sorry for is that it was caught on film. Even his apology is all about how he is sorry he put his career in jeopardy, not that he was wrong to put his hands on that kid. How are any of the coach’s actions justifiable as “sportsmanship”!!? If the kid’s parents had done that to him and it was on film, they would be in jail right now. It’s mighty sad that the University cares more about their investment in a winning season than the welfare of a minor in their care.

  11. Flynnstones says:

    Look and read carefully Holy Family’s Philosophy when it comes to athletics. This coach doesn’t come close to teaching “personal responsiblity” as it says in their “philosophy”. I coach youth sports and that kind of conduct is not tolerated period. The coach crossed the line and say what you want about Kravchuk, the video shows the bottom line. This coach is DONE!

  12. CAPS says:

    Little sissy boy can’t take a fat lip please grow up. Thank god you aren’t playing football

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