KILGORE, Texas (AP) — Leaders of a Dallas-area junior college have defended their basketball team after police used pepper spray on the squad following a loss.
Navarro (nuh-VAIR'-oh) College district president Richard Sanchez denies that his players were unruly after an 88-78 loss Saturday at Kilgore College.
Kilgore spokesman Chris Craddock said Wednesday that Navarro players made threats and two officers discharged pepper spray when the team refused to return to the locker room. Craddock says the officers remain on the job and the investigation continues.
Navarro athletic director Roark Montgomery says all 15 players and three coaches suffered some pepper spray effects and police were too aggressive. Several players applied cooling foam to their skin.
Navarro College is in Corsicana, about 50 miles south of Dallas. Kilgore is 110 miles southeast of Dallas.