Former Kentucky basketball player Sean Woods, now the head coach at Morehead State, has been charged with battery for a locker room incident involving his team.
According to WKYT, a criminal charge was brought on Woods on Tuesday from a Nov. 19 incident in the locker room while his team played Evansville. Woods has been suspended since Nov. 22.
Two players, Malik Maitland and Soufiyane Diakte, contacted a Morehead State University police officer after the game, claiming they were assaulted by Woods.
WKYT reported that, according to court documents, Maitland told police that Woods backhanded him in the chest during halftime, causing pain. Diakte said Woods shoved him twice during the game – once during a timeout and and once in the locker room.
Woods is due in Vanderburgh County, Ind., court on Feb. 9. Morehead State officials have not committed on the charges.
Woods was suspended in 2012 for one game by Morehead State after an on-court incident at his alma mater when he was physical with one of his players on the sideline late in a loss.
Woods has gone 75-63 in his first four seasons as the head coach, and received a contract extension this offseason through the 2019 season.
Woods played from 1988 until 1992 at Kentucky and was a head coach at Mississippi Valley State before joining Morehead State.