Melonie Joyce Martin faces a charge of battery and terroristic threats after she allegedly attacked fellow South Cobb High School basketball coach following a team loss.
Police say on January 9th Martin was standing about two inches from the face of coach Tyrone Harris when she allegedly bit him and threatened his life during a vicious, profanity-filled attack.
An assistant principal and two other coaches were in attendance when the brawl occurred after the South Cobb girls team lost to Campbell High School.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, witnesses heard Martin say:
I’m about to beat your (expletive) and stomp you, and I’ll beat your (expletive) and knock your teeth out of your face.
Then she allegedly threw a chair at Harris and threatened to bust his “grill.”
She posted $7,500 bond after she turned herself in last week on charges of simple battery and a felony count of terroristic threats and acts.
Her lawyer, S. Carlton Rouse, has released a statement denying his client touched or threatened anyone.
“While she would like to respond in great detail revealing (the victim’s) true motivation for making such a sensational claim, based upon the advice of counsel, she must respect legal process and will introduce facts at the appropriate time in court.
Until then, Ms. Martin intends to vigorously fight the spurious claims by (the victim) and will continue to do what is in her power to protect her clean reputation for excellence in the classroom and in athletic programs within the school.”
According to the school’s website, Martin is also a language arts teacher, but her employment and position as coach remains unclear.