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Jim Justice: West Virginia governor calls girls team ‘a bunch of thugs’

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is a volunteer coach at Greenbrier East High in Lewisburg, and has coached the Spartans’ girls basketball team since 2003. But an incident on Tuesday night between Greenbrier East and Woodrow Wilson, led Justice to use some choice words when discussing his opponent.

“I hate to say it any other way, but honest to God’s truth is the same thing happened over at Woodrow two different times out of the Woodrow players,” Justice said according to The Register-Herald. “They’re a bunch of thugs. The whole team left the bench, the coach is in a fight, they walked off the floor, they called the game.”

The incident in question occurred in the fourth quarter when an Woodrow assistant coach and a fan got into a scuffle behind the Woodrow bench. It led to Woodrow’s head coach taking his team off the court. A Woodrow assistant coach, Gene Nabors, was later cited by state police for obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and a year in prison. Two other people were cited and five Woodrow Wilson plays have since been suspended as a result of the incident.

The game was later called with Greenbrier East leading by six points.

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