PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Suspended Holy Family University men’s basketball coach John O'Connor will not face criminal charges following his conflict with former player Matt Kravchuk, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
According to a police report filed on Feb. 11, Kravchuk said he was grabbed and elbowed in the face by O'Connor, a move that allegedly resulted in a bloody nose and a bruised lip. The office’s Private Criminal Complaints Unit reviewed the matter, and determined the event does not constitute a prosecutable criminal offense.
On GMA, Kravchuk said O'Connor apologized in a private meeting after the practice, saying he’d crossed the line. Kravchuk said he reported it to athletic director Sandra Michael, and was told it would be dealt with. He returned to practice. But then, after no apparent action was taken, he talked to Michael again, and she refused to divulge what action was taken.
“I just feel that I was coach and I was trying to get my team more competitive and in doing so, I made a mistake,” he said. “I would take those 30 seconds back if I could.”
Kravchuk wasn’t particularly clear with what he wants the school to do.
“I just want some action taken,” he said. “I felt the university owed it to me to take some sort of action and when they didn’t, I took it to the police.”
The coach and player then addressed each other.
Kravchuk responded, “It’s kind of hard to accept your apology just because you claim it’s justified and you weren’t crossing the line.”
“As your player I’m supposed to be able to respect you,” he said, “and I don’t feel I can do that anymore.”