- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 31, 2002

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) An Oregon district attorney is being criticized for pursuing an assault case against a 17-year-old high school basketball player who head-butted a teammate of the attorney's son.
Ultimately, no charges were filed after the boy's family agreed he would not play in the game Friday night against the same team.
"This whole thing is bizarre," said Bob Taylor, the father of the suspended player, Zachary Taylor. "He's pretty shook up. To have the DA from another county come after him, it's a pretty big deal."
Ed Caleb, the Klamath County district attorney, said it was appropriate for him to get involved, considering other recent violent episodes at sporting events.
"There has to be a line sometimes," Mr. Caleb said. "Is anything OK on the sporting field? I don't think so."
The incident happened Jan. 4 during Klamath Union High's 64-63 victory over North Medford. Zachary, who plays for North Medford, and a player guarding him, Jacob Wynn, banged heads.
Zachary was called for a personal foul; he says the butt was accidental. Jacob later returned to the game and did not require medical attention.
The district attorney's son, Nick, was not involved in the incident.
The prosecutor said he showed a video of the incident to several police officers, who agreed that a misdemeanor assault case was justified.
The Medford school district's lawyer, Tim Gerking, said he may file an ethics complaint against the district attorney.
"If the suspension was for a game against some other school maybe that would pass the smell test, but this one is very troublesome," Mr. Gerking said.

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