Durham, NC (Sports Network) - North Carolina Central University has placed
football coach Henry Frazier III on paid leave following his arrest earlier
this week on a charge that he assaulted his wife.
After putting Frazier on leave, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference university
issued the following statement: "Henry Frazier III currently serves as head
football coach of North Carolina Central University. The university has been
informed of the alleged incident involving Mr. Frazier and his subsequent
"NCCU does not condone any action or activities of students, faculty and staff
that violate city, county, state or federal laws. The university's expectation
of high ethical standards applies to our entire campus community. As this is a
legal matter, the jurisdictions involved will conduct a thorough investigation
into the incident."
Frazier, 44, was arrested in Morrisville early Monday shortly after police
responded to a call from his home. His wife, Lanier Turner-Frazier, told
police the couple was arguing when Frazier grabbed her and left marks on her
upper arms, and pushed her face, breaking her glasses.
Frazier left the home before officers arrived, but his car was stopped near
the house and he was arrested.
He was released from the Wake County Jail later that day on $1,500 bond and
ordered to appear in court on June 22.
Frazier formerly was head coach at Prairie View A&M, where in 2009 he was the
recipient of the Eddie Robinson Award, which honors the outstanding coach in
the Football Championship Subdivision.
He left Prairie View after seven seasons for North Carolina Central, where
last year the Eagles finished 2-9 in his first season.
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